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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