Milestone promotions for the US Capitol Police

ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal law enforcement agency that has faced accusations of racial bias in the past has promoted its first two black female captains.

The U.S. Capitol Police in January promoted Yogananda Pittman and Monique Moore to the rank of captain. The promotions were significant not only for the women but also for the department, which has been sued by black officers who say they've been passed over for promotions and have been subjected to racial intimidation and harassment.

The department's diversity officer says the agency is making strides in encouraging diversity. Nearly one third of the department's sworn workforce is black.

The agency is a fixture on Capitol Hill, its officers responsible for protecting lawmakers and congressional buildings.