Posted on October 12, 2005

White UTC Police Officer Claims Discrimination

Chattanoogan, Oct. 7

A white former UTC [University of Tennessee, Chattanooga] Police officer is suing the state and the University of Tennessee, saying he was the victim of racial discrimination.

Sean Shelton, of Cleveland, Tn., filed the suit in Chancery Court.

The suit says his supervisor, Corporal Rebecca Tolbert, “often exhibited an undisguised animosity towards white employees.”

It says she slandered Mr. Shelton, accusing him of racial profiling, racism, alcoholism and misogyny. It says she commented that she “expected him to rape somebody.”

The suit says Ms. Tolbert once threatened to kill Mr. Shelton. He said he was forced to change to another shift and lost opportunities for overtime.

It says another African-American supervisor, who was promoted though he allegedly slept on the job, told Mr. Shelton he was “nothing but a white boy, redneck — .”