A Baltimore police officer, who was recently demoted for sexual harassment, has filed a lawsuit charging the police commissioner with discrimination.
The lawsuit was filed by Officer Randy W. Blades, 36, who was demoted on April 20 after a departmental trial board found him guilty of grabbing a 23-year-old female police officer as she was walking by his desk. The woman said the officer pulled her into his lap while making sexual remarks.
Officer Blades is white and police commissioner Edward V. Woods is black. The officer filed a lawsuit in Baltimore Circuit Court on May 1 in which he seeks seeks $200,000 in damages and reinstatement to his former rank of sergeant.