DEA recruits cite ‘monkey noises’ among claims of racism

DEA recruits cite ‘monkey noises’ among claims of racism
In a statement, the DEA said it takes allegations of misconduct seriously and will not tolerate discriminatory behavior of any kind. (Source: Photo WLOX)

An Associated Press investigation found the Drug Enforcement Administration has received a string of recent discrimination complaints at its Quantico, Virginia, training academy, including allegations a white firearms instructor took to a loudspeaker to taunt Black trainees with “monkey noises.”

Other trainees say they were held to a higher standard than whites.

The complaints come as the DEA has struggled to bring diversity to its ranks: Of the agency’s more than 4,000 special agents, just 8% are black.

In a statement, the DEA said it takes allegations of misconduct seriously and will not tolerate discriminatory behavior of any kind.

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