Black Elgin Police Officer Phillip Brown Alleges Racial Discrimination Against Two White Officers in Federal Lawsuit

Officer Phillip Brown, a 16-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department, sued the city and police officers Sean Rafferty and James R. Barnes, in federal court, alleging racism in the police department, where “white officers support the Ku Klux Klan, call black children chitterlings and gang members hood n*ggers.”

Phillipp Brown sued the city of Elgin and its police Officers Sean Rafferty and James R. Barnes in Federal Court.  Rafferty is his supervisor and Barnes is an internal affairs investigator, according to the complaint.

On or about 2000, plaintiff and several other officers from EPD attended a football game in Indianapolis. While in that vicinity, defendant Rafferty, who served in the gang unit with plaintiff, had his picture taken with fellow police officer Tom Wolek in front of a Ku Klux Klan monument. Rafferty and Wolek both posed in the picture showing their hands in the sign of a ‘K,’ while stating, ‘If you are looking for the Klan, we’re right here.’ “Upon returning to the EPD after that trip, the photo of defendant Rafferty and Wolek in front of the KKK monument was widely disseminated in and around the EPD.

“On June 29, 2011, Caucasian Officer Mark Hornsby approached plaintiff and asked him how his ‘chitterling,’ referring to plaintiff’s infant son, was,” the complaint states. “Plaintiff reported this comment by Hornsby which plaintiff found to be racially insensitive to Barnes, as he had been instructed to do. Source