Sergeant Edwin Raymond is accusing the NYPD of failing to promote him on the basis of his outspoken support for Colin Kaepernick.

According to the Daily News, Raymond scored No. 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenants’ test. His promotion was halted due to allegations filed by cops in his command regarding his handling of two domestic violence complaints. However, Raymond believes these allegations are just an excuse not to fix the underlying issue of racism in the department.

“It is unfortunate. I did a press conference in support of Colin Kaepernick, using his status to put a spotlight on issues in policing that need to be fixed,” the 33-year-old explains. “Because of the controversy a lot of cops criticized him. Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.” 

The September 2017 allegations against Raymond state that police were called when a woman saw her ex-boyfriend. When the police arrived, they checked their phone and saw an order of protection, but Raymond let him go. According to Raymond, the departments obsession with quota is distorting the truth of the situation. 

Raymond's version of the events says that the man was sitting in his vehicle with his current girlfriend when his ex walked by, taking a bat to his car mirror. He fled from the car and called 911. When Raymond got to the scene, the man asked that the cops not arrest her as she is the mother of three of his children, according to the Daily News.

"She’s the mother of my kids,” the man said. “The damage to my car won’t cost anything.”

The ex, however, had an order of protection against the man and wanted him arrested. Based on the circumstances, Raymond made a judgement call to let him go,.

“These cops went thinking the numbers would give their claims more plausibility, and unfortunately the department is choosing to entertain this and use it as a dagger to end my promotion,” Raymond said. “They are not happy with me. I don’t enjoy having to speak out, but it’s historically what makes the department budge.”

Raymond is now suing the NYPD over these "illegal quotas," CBS News reports.

“Decisions are made on the sly, and there are people who have pending charges and still get promoted, and others whose promotions are held back for reasons that are never explained,” Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said. “If this doesn’t appear to be retaliation, then I don’t know what is.”

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