Scuba Diver Sues NYPD, Says Fellow Officers Taunted Him - NBC New York

Scuba Diver Sues NYPD, Says Fellow Officers Taunted Him

The suit alleges supervisors and officers abused Oscar Smith by expressing open disbelief that a black man could pass a swim test

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    Scuba Diver Sues NYPD, Says Fellow Officers Taunted Him
    Oscar Smith

    A police officer with painted toenails has accused fellow officers in a NYPD scuba unit of discriminating against him by calling him a transsexual and a descendant of slaves.

    The accusations were contained in a civil suit announced on Thursday by lawyers for Oscar Smith.

    The suit alleges supervisors and officers abused Smith by expressing open disbelief that a black man could pass a swim test. It also says the NYPD unfairly denied him promotions and overtime based on his race.

    Court papers describe Smith as a "mixed race African American" and an avid diver and surfer. The documents say painting toenails is common for surfers.

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    There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the city Law Department.

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