BRIDGEPORT - A state lawmaker from Bridgeport is calling for an investigation into the hiring practices of the city's police department.

State Rep. Charlie Stallworth says the department's application process does not give fair consideration to minority and female applicants. 

After attending appeal hearings of applicants who were rejected by the Bridgeport Police Department, Stallworth says he believes the application process is both racist and sexist. 

Stallworth says the vast majority of those who were turned down were either minority or female applicants.

The Bridgeport Police Department says that of their 425 officers, 114 are Hispanic, 64 are African-American, 43 are females, and four have other ethnic backgrounds, which in total accounts for 48 percent of the department's officers.