Fort Worth Police Chief Institutes Anti-Bias Policy

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FORT WORTH (AP) – Fort Worth police have implemented a written policy prohibiting “biased-based policing.”

Officials say officers who violate the special order, signed Friday by Chief Jeff Halstead, will likely be fired.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the order prohibits police employees from considering “race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, membership in a cultural group or other individual characteristics or distinctions” while performing police duty.

Halstead said he hopes the policy will make it easier for employees to report abuses to supervisors.

The department was the focus of attention after a June 28, 2009, raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously hurt. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission fired two agents afterward. Three police officers served suspensions.

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