BPD sergeant promotions: ‘No persons of color were eligible'

BOSTON — The Boston Police Department has promoted five officers to the rank of sergeant, but despite recent criticism from the community none of them are minorities.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that a Boston police lieutenant exam discriminated against minorities in the past.

BPD has also been criticized by groups like the NAACP, ACLU and Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers for low diversity numbers in the ranks.

A spokesperson for the department told Boston 25 News there were not any eligible minorities.

"No persons of color were eligible. Promotions are done according to the list. In fact, no persons of color appear on the list until the next grade. However, three additional non-persons of color remain in the current mark."