Lawsuit claiming Flint officials are discriminating against white officers can continue

A federal appeals court won't stop a lawsuit against the city of Flint, which is accused of discriminating against white police officers.

Fourteen officers are suing Flint. They say they were illegally punished after complaining that black officers became sergeants in 2011 and 2012 despite failing to pass an exam.

The lawsuit names Flint, former Chief Alvern Lock and a police captain. The appeals court says the case can go forward at this early stage. It says the lawsuit has enough information to raise a "plausible" inference that police department policies led to discrimination and retaliation.

The court last week affirmed a decision by Detroit federal Judge Paul Borman.