Days after then-Chief Ron Davis of the East Palo Alto (Calif.) Police Department announced last month that he was leaving for a high-profile federal job in Washington, D.C., four African-American officers filed a racial discrimination complaint against him.

The Nov. 1 complaint alleges that Davis, who is also African-American, created a hostile work environment for black employees, the Palo Alto Daily News reports.

"His temperament toward African-American employees is abrasive, belittling and dismissive," states the complaint by Sgt. Roderick Norris and Renaldo Rhodes, and Officers Paul Norris and Paul Hines. Davis also showed his bias against African-Americans in hiring, promotions and assignments, they allege.

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