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At least three members of Congressare asking the inspector general to

look into allegations from three airmarshals that they were told to

target African American passengers, accordingto WFTV Channel 9 (ABC).

The story on the news station in Florida had three airmarshals tell

another station in Charlotte, North Carolina that they worked

atOrlando International Airport, where a supervisor instructed them

toparticularly watch Black passengers. According to the former air

marshals, thesupervisor did not hesitate to use the n-word while

saying that Blacks are “theones who have warrants” and that targeting

them would generate betterstatistics to present to Congress when

seeking more funding. U.S.Rep. Val Demings and two others on the U.S.

House Committee on HomelandSecurity have asked the acting inspector

general to investigate claims of, “discriminatingunlawfully against

travelers based on race.” The federal lawmakers have askedfor a

determination on whether the orders were acted on between 2005 and

2010,and if the discrimination has continued. A Transportation

Security Administration said the supervisor is notunder investigation

and said that there is no record of the allegations, goingback more

than 11 years. TSAofficials also said the individual in question was

never in a position ofauthority over the former air marshals who have

made the claims.