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Officer Steeve Juillet has alleged that he and other officers in the Times Square Command were treated unfairly. Photo via NY Daily News

A Haiti-born police officer has claimed in court that he was bullied and denied a promotion because he’s Haitian, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Manhattan Supreme Court. 

Officer Steeve Juillet, a 10-year member of the NYPD, was mocked for his Haitian accent, denied benefits like overtime and faced retaliation for speaking out against bullying and discrimination in his unit, according to a complaint filed on June 30. Filed against the City of New York, Sgt. James Fills and Sgt. Sasa Maric, the complaint alleges that mistreatment began in 2016, soon after Juillet joined the newly formed Times Square Unit. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.