White officer alleges discrimination

A white Kansas City police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the part of some of the department’s top black commanders.

The suit was filed earlier this month in Jackson County Circuit Court by Officer Chad Rives, who alleges that he was moved from his job as a homicide detective and reassigned as a patrol officer in February, after voicing his concerns about restructuring in the homicide unit.

The suit names as defendants the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners as well as commanders Randall Hundley, Floyd Mitchell and Kevin Masters.

A spokesperson for the department said Friday they could not comment on any pending litigation.

Rives alleges in the suit that he was given only “vague and untenable” reasons when he asked for an explanation for his removal from the homicide unit.

After his removal, he learned that two African-American males were being added as homicide detectives, according to the suit.

“Considering plaintiff’s favorable performance record and tenure and experience as a homicide detective, he was treated less favorably compared to similarly situated African-American employees,” the suit alleges.

He is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.