A group of Chicago police officers are stepping forward and have filed a lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The suit claims they were "demoted from the mayor's security detail when Rahm Emanuel took office because they weren't politically connected and aren't black."
"The color of your skin is your sin," the police commander told one of the plaintiffs when asked why he was being demoted and the black officers were not, according to the suit.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Illinois, contains explosive accusations that the officers had their civil rights violated after Emanuel took office last year.
The officers charge that shortly after Emanuel was elected in February 2011, the city government began to bring people associated with the Emanuel campaign on board -- both those who volunteered on Emanuel's security detail during the campaign and others who were "politically involved."