Garcia’s allegations were accompanied by a separate filing by a Black female Baltimore Police sergeant. The two lawsuits describe how both Garcia and Sgt. Jasmin Rowlett felt they were unfairly accused of fraternization, harassed and discriminated against — even though they never engaged in inappropriate behavior.
According to the lawsuit, Garcia’s supervisor accused him to his face of having sex with Rowlett. He also taunted him about it, the suit states, making comments such as: “You Spanish guys think y’all can take all of our Black girls.”
He also alleged that the department’s “good ole' boy” system” meant it was acceptable for white officers to violate policy, but if Hispanic men were rumored to be doing so, they were punished.
The law department recommended settling what they described as a “complex” case to “avoid the expense, time, and uncertainties of further protracted litigation.”