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A Metropolitan Police Department official claimed she was given an ultimatum to have an abortion or lose her job during training.

DC Officer Karen Erikpo, 24, recently sat with Granthshala 5 DC To discuss this life changing experience.

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Ericpo says she hasn’t spoken to anyone about it since the incident in 1997, when she joined the police at the police academy.

“I thought I could hide it,” she says of her pregnancy. “Just go through the academy and hide it.”

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Her constable, a woman, gave the class a life-changing ultimatum.

“If we were pregnant we would need to have an abortion or we would have been fired,” Ericpo said. “So later that day, I went and told the sergeant in my class that I was pregnant. And he said I needed to have an abortion.”

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The lady constable also sent Ericpo to the DC doctor for the procedure. The experienced officer says that since this happened, he has kept it a secret.

“I thought this was something I would take to my grave,” she told Granthshala 5.

Arikpo says her vote of confidence came when DC Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson was vocal about the similar experience from her time as an 18-year-old cadet. Granthshala 5 DC reports that Dickerson made his claim public during a community meeting.

Ericpo reaches out to Dickerson, who regrets leaving his child for the job. EricPo has expressed the same regret. She told Granthshala 5DC that she endured fertility struggles after years of trying to get pregnant again.

“All these years, I’ve tried, and I’ve never been able to have a baby,” Aricpo said. “I did this for a job. And then want kids and can’t have them. How do you tell people that?”

Granthshala News has contacted the Metropolitan Police Department for comment on the claims.

According to Granthshala 5 DC, the department has made significant changes since then. Now, if a cadet becomes pregnant, the cadet will continue the academic portion with a modified physical performance test, as per the guidance of a medical professional. The cadet will also be placed in a future class.