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Alabama (Mobile):
Jury awards white firefighter $250,000 in job discrimination case (02/08/04) - <newer>

          "A federal jury ordered the city of Mobile to pay more than $250,000 to a white firefighter in a suit over a job promotion that went to a black coworker with less seniority.

          "Fire Capt. Alan Silvester claimed Fire Chief Stephen Dean, also white, discriminated against Silvester on the basis of race in promoting black firefighter Mike Trenier to an administrative post.

          "Trenier finished second to Silvester on the application test for the job. Dean and other witnesses testified, however, that department heads legally can choose any of the 10 finalists for a job opening, as determined by the Personnel Board. Dean said he selected Trenier primarily because of his high grade-point average and the fact that, while serving as interim fire administrator, he oversaw an important accreditation process for the department. Dean declined to comment on the jury's decision.

          "A city lawyer, Paul Carbo, said he did not immediately know whether city officials would appeal Friday's verdict returned by an eight-member jury with one black person on it. Dean had set a goal of achieving greater racial balance in the Fire Department ranks. The department was more than 90 percent white in the early 1990s and remains about 80 percent white today. The issue of whether Silvester will be promoted now rests with Chief U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade."

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Alabama (Birmingham):
City OKs settling bias suit (08/05/00)

20-year-old discrimination suit to end with $1.4 million payment

          "The City of Birmingham will pay up to $1.4 million to end a 20-year-old lawsuit filed by white firefighters challenging the city's affirmative action plan, officials said Friday.

          "The settlement is on behalf of 22 white plaintiffs, including firefighters, police officers and a city parks employee, who sued in the 1980s.

          "The agreement provides $1.1 million for a back pay pool and additional money for pension adjustments because some people have retired or are close to retirement, said Raymond Fitzpatrick, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

          "The settlement came after a renewed effort by both sides this year to settle the legal dispute that garnered national attention and went twice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

           "The legal quagmire started shortly after the city agreed in 1981 to settle a 1974 class-action discrimination lawsuit filed by the NAACP and black firefighters. The city settled for $265,000, a fraction of what it would have cost to provide back pay to black firefighters at the time.

         "A group of white male firefighters sued shortly after the plan, saying they suffered unfairly because of the policy and were illegally passed over for promotions."  (The Birmingham News 08/05/00 by Val Waltom)
[link http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/Aug2000/5-e402058b.html ]

California (Anaheim):
Anaheim Fire Fighters Punished for Criticizing Reverse Discrimination (dead link)

          Jimmie Lee Cox, John Lynn Cox, and Gregory J. Mowad complained about the reverse discrimination in the Anaheim Fire Department.  The Department retaliated by screwing up their careers!  They are suing.  (Orange County Register 5/1/98)
[former link *http://www.ocregister.com/archives/1998/05/01/politics/sue001w.shtml]

California (Fresno):
Fresno State Loses Reverse Discrimination Case (08/12/00)

Fresno State loses discrimination case: Campus police officer and two ex-officers are awarded $4 million.

          "A jury on Friday [Aug. 11, 2000] awarded three men more than $4 million because of racial and reverse discrimination they endured while employed with the police department at California State University, Fresno.

          "Former employees Steven King and Daniel Horsford and current Fresno State Sgt. Richard Snow each were awarded more than $1 million for the preferential treatment they claimed the university gave to African-Americans over whites."

          Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald S. Black ordered the California State University Board of Regents to pay a total of $4.25 million.

          Plaintiffs Steven King, Daniel Horsford and Fresno State Sgt. Richard Snow claimed in the suit that Fresno State Chief Willie Shell engaged in the following, discriminatory actions:

  • Chief Shell went to the bottom of the list of qualified candidates in order to promote minorities over more highly-qualified non-minorities.
  • Of six new hires during Willie Shell's tenure as chief, 5 were minorities and 1 was the son of a friend of Chief Shell's.
  • Chief Shell allegedly told a fellow officer "It's time to get the white boys out".
  • While at Fresno State, Chief Shell misused a confidential law enforcement computer to conduct unauthorized background checks on his employees, critics, and other private citizens who had no criminal charges pending against them.
  • Under Chief Shell's "leadership" the department gave hiring and promotion preference to protected minorities even when they were not as well qualified as the rejected non-minorities.

          As it turns out, Chief Willie Shell also had a prior history of "stretching the law" in order to advance his pro-quota policies. 

          In 1997 a Kern County grand jury indicted Chief Shell for embezzling funds and performing unauthorized background checks on employees and private citizens during his service as police chief at the California State University Bakersfield campus.  The indictment was handed down prior to his assuming the job of Chief at Fresno.

          As a result of the 1997 Bakersfield indictment, Chief Shell entered a no contest plea regarding charges that he had falsified expense reports and had misused the confidential law enforcement computer system.  He was sentenced at that time to 3 years' probation.

          The unauthorized background checks Shell conducted while at CSU Bakersfield are startlingly similar to misuse of the system he allegedly performed at Fresno State.

          Fresno State plaintiffs Steven King, Daniel Horsford and Fresno State Sgt. Richard Snow alleged in their suit that they were subjected to harassment by Chief Shell and his minions, and that they were subjected to retaliation for calling attention to Chief Willie Shell's abusive use of the law enforcement computer background check system, and they wer victimized by Shell's dedication to promoting minorities ahead of non-minorities, apparently regardless of the qualifications of the candidates.

          Shell's retaliation against the Fresno campus cops allegedly included demoting the plaintiffs, forcing one or more plaintiffs out of the department, and moving one or more plaintiffs to lower paying jobs within the campus police force.

          Chief Willie Shell was forced to resign his position as police chief of the Fresno State campus police in April 1, 1997 at which time he "retired".

          Fresno State's complicity in "reverse discriminating" against the plaintiffs resulted in the following jury awards to the victims:

  • Steven King received $300,000 for economic damage and $1 million for emotional distress. He is now police chief at a college in Oakland.
  • Current Fresno State Sgt. Richard Snow was not awarded any economic damages because he is still employed at Fresno State, but he did receive $1.2 million for emotional distress.
  • Daniel Horsford was awarded $250,000 in economic compensation and $1.5 million for emotional damages. He is now a fraud investigator with the California State Department of Motor Vehicles.

          One of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Mr. Dean B. Gordon, indicated that the purpose of their 1997 lawsuit against Fresno State was to ensure that employment decisions are made on merit and qualifications, and not on irrelevant factors such as race or gender.  The plaintiffs' suit was not intended in any way to divide the community. (Based on the Fresno Bee article 08/12/00 by Michael Baker)
[link http://www.fresnobee.com/searchSite/0,1906,185487,00.html ]
[alternate link, same:  http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2000/aug/12/081200551.html ]
[alternate link, same, Pay Site:  http://www.chronicle.com/daily/2000/08/2000081403n.htm ]

California (Los Angeles):
White Firefighter WINS $3.75 Million Reverse Discrimination Lawsuit (06/13/07)

          Adversity.Net Special Report:  White LA Fire Captain Frank Lima evaluated recruit Ms. Melissa B. Kelley in a non-sexist, non-racist way:  he evaluated her according to the standards set for male fire dept. recruits.  As a result, Capt. Lima was punished for NOT treating women more leniently than men.  Capt. Lima sued for discrimination and he won $3.75 million.

California (Los Angeles):
Black detective loses $1.3 million verdict against LAPD (02/04/99)

          "A $1.34 million jury verdict for a black Los Angeles police detective, who sought a promotion to an elite helicopter squad for 15 years, is gone, a casualty of higher courts. So is his lawsuit and his nearly 25-year police career.

          "The state Supreme Court denied review Wednesday of Patrick Green's appeal of a lower-court ruling that found no evidence of racial discrimination to support the jury's decision. Justices Stanley Mosk and Joyce Kennard voted to hear the case, two short of the majority needed on the seven-member court.  [T]he appeals court said no reasonable jury would have found discrimination in Green's 1993 rejection. The panel was entitled to conclude that a white officer was more qualified than Green, said the opinion by Justice Margaret Grignon.   (The case is Green vs. City of Los Angeles, S075226.)" - (Associated Press, via Oregon Live, by Bob Egelko 02/04/99)
[link http://flash.oregonlive.com/cgi-bin/or_nview.pl?/home1/wire/AP/


California (Oakland):
Oakland Police Refuse to Track Driver's Race (04/28/99)

          "Oakland Police Chief Joseph Samuels Jr. agreed yesterday to convene public meetings on the nationally debated issue of racial profiling, saying the community's input will be more helpful than keeping track of the race of drivers who are stopped.

          "While Samuels stressed at a news conference that ``there is no place for bias in our business,'' he said his officers will not note the race, age or sex of drivers they pull over, as proposed by state and federal legislation.

          "The chief, who opposes the collection of such data, said the practice would be too costly and could jeopardize officer safety. He feared the collection of the data would lead to ``analysis paralysis,'' without any tangible results. (San Francisco Chronicle, Wed. 04/28/99, Page A15, by Henry K. Lee)
[link http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/04/28/MN101579.DTL ]


California (Sacramento):
Police bias-suit win stirs citywide fairness debate (04/08/99 - dead)

          "Was it backlash or a step forward for civil rights? That was the question many community leaders wrestled with Wednesday in the wake of a federal jury verdict this week that found former Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Fred Arthur and former Capt. Michael Shaw were forced out of the department for being white and middle-aged.

          "The nine-member federal jury ruled unanimously Monday in favor of Arthur and Shaw, who claimed they suffered from hostile working conditions after the hiring of Chief Arturo Venegas Jr. in 1993.

          "Speaking for the first time about jury deliberations, forewoman Peg Taylor said Wednesday that the finding of discrimination and harassment was a case of "one instance after another that made it look pervasive."  There was more evidence of age discrimination than of race discrimination, Taylor said. "But it all played a part. The evidence on both issues was persuasive."

          "Taylor cited a comment made in a 1993 management seminar set up by Venegas. A consultant referred to "middle-aged white boys" being "bureaucratic barriers to change," according to testimony in the 16-day trial.  "When you start throwing around terms like 'middle-aged white boys,' somebody is going to take it as discrimination," she said.   (Sacramento Bee 04/08/99 by Pamela Martineau and Cathleen Ferraro)
[former link *http://www.sacbee.com/news/news/local02_19990408.html] + see related, below.

Related:  Tentative settlement for ex-cop (04/07/99 - dead)
          SACRAMENTO - "The city agreed Tuesday to pay retired Sacramento Police Capt. Michael Shaw $300,000 for the harassment and discrimination that a federal jury found Monday drove him from the force.

          "The conditional settlement came shortly before jurors were to hear testimony on how much Shaw deserved in lost wages and for emotional stress stemming from the city's illegal actions.  Shaw had sought $1.4 million, but he and attorney Leo Donahue were satisfied with the new pact: $100,000 for economic damages and $200,000 for trauma or other noneconomic damages.

          "It is a compromise that serves the purpose of the plaintiff and, we assume, the defendant," Donahue said.   Donahue said the city also will have to pay his fees -- expected to exceed $500,000. The city's attorney, Thomas Cregger, would not estimate costs of fighting the 4-year-old suit.

          Former Deputy Chief Fred Arthur, a co-plaintiff, had sought $3.1 million in damages. But the jury found that while he, too, had been subjected to harassment and discrimination, he wasn't entitled to compensation because he signed a waiver upon leaving the force. (Sacramento Bee 04/07/99 by Denny Walsh)
[former link *http://www.sacbee.com/news/news/local01_19990407.html]


California (San Diego):
Firefighter wins jury award in reverse bias case (06/29/99 - dead link)

          "A San Diego city firefighter who contended he was passed over for promotion because he is a white male has been awarded more than $200,000 by a Superior Court jury that decided he had faced discrimination.

          "Kirk Humphries filed his lawsuit after he was passed over five times for the job of fire engineer. Humphries, who was promoted to fire engineer five months after his lawsuit was filed, said he hopes the jury's verdict sends a message to the Fire Department.  'What I hope this does is shine enough light on what's happening that they're going to change the system and make it fair for everybody, not because you're a minority or a female,' he said.

          "Humphries' lawyer, Jeff Geraci, declined to comment, and Deputy City Attorney Mark Stiffler could not be reached for comment. However, in court documents Stiffler and city officials denied that the Fire Department had a promotion policy which gave preferential treatment to women and minorities.

          "After a trial before Superior Court Judge Vincent DiFiglia, jurors returned their verdict Wednesday, awarding Humphries $4,800 in economic damages for lost wages and $200,000 in noneconomic damages for his suffering and emotional distress.

          "Humphries joined the department in 1982 after working as a city lifeguard. Assigned to an Otay Mesa fire station, Humphries said he has a bachelor of arts degree in industrial science from San Diego State University, an associate's degree in fire science from Miramar College and an associate's degree in applied art from Mesa College.

          "He said he has worked as a substitute teacher in the San Diego Unified School District and has certificates to teach high school industrial arts and community college courses in fire science.  'They promoted several people over me who didn't have a degree in fire science, didn't have any degrees,' Humphries said.  'It felt like across the board in the Fire Department there's an affirmative-action policy to promote females and minorities.'" (San Diego Union Tribune 06/29/99 by Anne Krueger and Ray Huard)
[former link **http://www.uniontrib.com/news/uniontrib/tue/metro/news_7m29fire.html]

California (San Jose):
"White" Firefighters Organization Formed (07/02/99 - dead link)

          "Hoping to follow in the footsteps of blacks, Latinos and women, a group of white San Jose firefighters is seeking official recognition for a new group: the European American Firefighters Association.

          "Of the city's 17 employee associations, which are subject to approval by the city manager's office, this would be the first whose primary mission is to advance the interests of whites. While a few similar organizations have cropped up elsewhere in the nation, they are still rare.

          "Capt. James Roszell, the new organization's president, said its members want to help improve human relations in the city and in the fire department, which has been roiled by lawsuits involving racial politics and affirmative action.

          "The association would model itself after groups such as the Santa Clara County Black Firefighters Association, Women in the Fire Service and Bomberos of Northern California, which represents Latino firefighters.  'The other groups have set a good example for us,' said Roszell, who has served in the department for 26 years.  'They've been involved in positive things. We're just trying to do the same.'"

          Prof. Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at Georgia State University said:  "Many whites think it's only fair that they should be able to form the same sorts of organizations as blacks, Latinos and Asians.  They see themselves as members of a racial group with its own interests. The problem is, how do you promote a white agenda in a non-racist way so that you don't become demonized?  That's what these groups are trying to do.

          "A recruitment flier included in the association's application states:  'The EAFF will provide a safe and comfortable place for European Americans to meet and to discuss issues that affect our lives, to celebrate our heritage, and to minimize discrimination and defamation directed against European American firefighters and other firefighters in the San Jose Fire Department.'"

          Not surprisingly, several of the minority-employee organizations have expressed displeasure with the idea of European Americans having an organization of their own devoted to the unique problems associated with being European American in the San Jose Fire Department.  (Based on The San Jose Mercury News story published 07/02/99 by Ben Stocking)
[former link **http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/nation/docs/firerace02.htm]


California (San Jose):
Bill Lann Lee (DOJ) Praises Race Reporting by S.J. Cops (04/19/99 - dead)

          "The nation's top civil rights prosecutor [DOJ's Bill Lann Lee] Friday praised San Jose police for volunteering to record the race of drivers pulled over in traffic stops, but [Lee] urged local NAACP chapters to demand accountability from not only the top cops, but also street officers.

          "Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, speaking at the NAACP western regional conference at the Fairmont Hotel, said local chapters should ``forge partnerships'' with Bay Area police departments so there are open lines of communication on the issues of race and crime.  ``The police are not the enemy, but the bond of trust has been eroded,'' said Lee, the former western regional counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. ``It's up to the NAACP and other responsible [race-based] organizations to restore that trust and get the dialogue going.''  Lee's lunchtime speech follows a nationwide effort by various [race-based] organizations, including the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union, to highlight the use of racial profiling by law enforcement agencies in making traffic stops."  (San Jose Mercury News 04/17/99 by Marcus E. Walton)
[former link *http://www7.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/naacp17.htm]


California (San Jose):
Black Fire Chief "Gives" Test Results to Minorities Before Exam (07/28/95)

          22 white fire captains in San Jose sued the city for using a racially biased promotion system. The test failed 26 of 37 white firefighters, but passed 5 of 5 blacks. 

          The San Francisco Chronicle reports:  "Twenty-three San Jose fire captains, all but one of whom are white, are suing the city for allegedly cheating them out of promotions and rigging an exam to make it easier for minorities.

          "The suit ... says that black firefighters were leaked test questions on an exam required for promotion to battalion chief. It also alleges that Fire Chief Raymond Brooks, who is black, attempted to influence the makeup of a judges' panel so that it favored minorities.

          "As a result, 70 percent of the 37 white firefighters who took the test flunked, according to papers filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.  All five blacks who took the test passed, and all but one of four Hispanics passed the test. ``Either this is one of the most bizarre statistical freaks or someone's playing with the scores,'' said Daniel Jensen, an attorney representing the 23 captains. 

          "The oral test was given to 47 candidates for battalion chief from May 23 to May 26.  Of the 27 who failed the test, 26 were white and one was Hispanic. Three of those who failed were acting battalion chiefs (who would ordinarily have been extremely well-qualified for promotion).

          According to the Chronicle, Fire Chief Raymond Brooks obtained a copy of the exam prior to attending a conference of black firefighters where he proceeded to describe the test questions to the black firefighters in attendance.  The purpose of the conference was to help black firefighters prepare for taking oral exams, and most of the black fire captains from San Jose were in attendance.  Chief Brooks was an instructor at the conference.  According to the lawsuit, a remarkably high percentage of black firefighters in attendance at the conference subsequently passed the exam, while all 5 of the white firefighters who took the exam failed.  White firefighters had not been invited to the black firefighter conference where the exam was discussed.

          The lawsuit also accuses Chief Brooks of stacking the 9 member panel which oversees the oral tests in favor of blacks:   4 of the panelists are black, 3 are white, and 2 are Hispanic.  However, 85 percent of the department's captains are white and 53 percent of the battalion chiefs are white.  (Based on the San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 1995, page A24, by Jamie Beckett)
[link http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1995/07/28/MN2593.DTL ]

California (San Francisco): 
Minority Ranks Soaring at SF Fire Dept (07/26/00)

Black, Latino, Asian American appointed Assistant Deputy Chiefs -- San Francisco's controversial black fire chief, Robert Demmons, seems to revels in the systematic alienation of white fire fighters. 

          18 months ago the Boston Globe reported "The Demmons approach has alienated many white firefighters, who complain the aggressive hiring and promoting of women and minorities is nothing more than reverse discrimination.  "He has whitey under his thumb," a high-ranking white officer who declined to be named complained to a Globe reporter."  (Boston Globe, 02/08/99, page A09, by David Armstrong)

          Demmons is quite proud of the department's racial quotas.  Today's San Francisco Examiner reports:  "In a historic move to diversify the higher ranks in San Francisco's Fire Department, Chief Robert Demmons has appointed three minorities as assistant deputy chiefs."

          Background:  A 1988 judicial decree directed the SF fire department to change its work force to 40 percent   minorities and 10 percent women, and "required the department to set hiring targets of 55 percent minority and 10 percent women through 1994, or over the next 500 firefighters.  It took nine years for the department to satisfy the [target] requirements." 

          In 1997 the department accomplished its quotas and the judicial oversight was lifted.

          In order to avoid another court order, the San Francisco Fire Department now is very limited in the number of white officers it can hire and promote -- and Chief Demmons likes it that way just fine.

          According to Lt. Ed Campbell, Fire Department spokesman, "San Francisco Fire Department is very proud of its diversity," he said, noting that out of roughly 1,700 firefighters and paramedics, about 40 percent were minority, and 12 percent were women."

          Using racialist double-speak, Lt. Campbell maintains that Chief Demmons doesn't only look at women or minority candidates.   "Clearly, the chief looks at everybody . . . and he chooses from the diversity that's in the department," he said. [Emphasis added.]

          The lucky minority and/or female winners are: 

          Khai Ali, 42, now the highest-ranking black woman in the Fire Department.

          Lorrie Kalos, 39, is a Latina who is now the first female to take charge a field division in the city.

          Johnny Lo, 47, is of Asian descent, and is now the first Asian to assume command of a field division.

          Opinion:  Some day soon we're sure Chief Demmons will issue a press release saying "Today we are proud to announce the first white male commander in this department in many years."  Now that's diversity!

(Based on the San Francisco Examiner article by Matthew Yi 07/26/00 on page A1)
[link http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/2000/07/26/NEWS11839.dtl ]


California (San Francisco):
Newsletter attacking minorities, women sent to firefighters (08/23/99)

          One issue of the Smoke Eaters' Gazette states:  "Some minority captains "don't know the difference between cardiac and Cadillac," the same newsletter reads. The "affirmative action welfare recipients think that they are in the Department as a social experiment and not to put out fires."  The newsletter adds:  "Most female firewatchers can't do the job and in many instances refuse to enter a fire building and if they do, they run out on their comrades in order to hydrate or get in touch with their feelings or whatever."

          The newsletter "describes the 1988 consent decree, in which the U.S. District Court ordered the department to hire and promote women and minorities, as responsible for 'completely destroying the capabilities of what was once one of the greatest fire departments in the United States.'

         "City officials are trying to determine who's behind [the] newsletter that refers to female firefighters as 'firewatchers' and calls minorities 'affirmative action welfare recipients.'

          "The newsletter, titled 'Smoke Eaters' Gazette,' first appeared about a year ago, and has been sent anonymously to members of the Fire Department, officials said.  'It's fairly sophisticated in terms of knowledge of the Fire Department,' said Mayor Willie Brown, adding the matter has been referred to police."  (San Francisco Examiner 08/23/99, page A1)
[link http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/1999/08/23/NEWS1928.dtl ]


California (San Francisco):
Black Fire Chief Proud of Alienating White Officers (02/08/99 - dead)

          "Fire Chief Robert Demmons says his department is a lot like a family business. And like any family business, he makes sure the employees reflect the family.  When Demmons was named the department's top officer two years ago, he told his chief recruiter to sign up 600 women to take the entry exam for the department. The recruiter scoffed; it was a number that far exceed prior sign-ups. But Demmons insisted, and the recruiter made it happen.

          "The Demmons approach has alienated many white firefighters, who complain the aggressive hiring and promoting of women and minorities is nothing more than reverse discrimination.  ''He has whitey under his thumb,' a high-ranking white officer who declined to be named complained to a Globe reporter."  (Boston Globe, 02/08/99, page A09, by David Armstrong)
[former link *http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/039/metro/


California (San Francisco):

Black Police Inspector "Gives" Test Results to Minorities Before Exam
          Police inspector Henry Kirk, who is black, helped develop a police exam to "help achieve racial balance" in the department.  He has been charged with giving the answers to other officers before the exam.  (San Francisco Examiner 9/19/98)  See Related Stories, below.

(Calif., SF) Related Story #1:
Cop Pleads "Not Guilty" in Racist Exam Scam!

          Henry Kirk is charged with violating a Federal Judge's order to keep this exam "secret".  Kirk has plead "not guilty" in the face of overwhelming evidence that he DID leak the exam answers to minorities on the force!  Kirk "the minority leaker" could be fined $100,000 and a year in jail!  (San Francisco Examiner 9/29/98)

(Calif., SF)   Related Story # 2:
San Francisco Decides Police Dept. is Ready for Non-Racial Hiring!

          The City of San Francisco has agreed it's time to stop requiring racial-quota hiring at the Police Department.   Citing "significant advances in racial hiring and racial numbers", the City has recommended that quotas be discontinued at this police department.  25 years of federally-imposed racial-quotas have resulted in a "racially acceptable police department", therefore the Court Order can be discontinued!  (San Francisco Examiner 10/1/98) 

(Calif., SF) Related Story #3:
SFPD Rids Itself of Court-Ordered Racial Quotas

          U.S. District Judge Charles Legge has lifted court-imposed racial quota requirements from the San Francisco Police Department.  The Judge said "It is time to remove the yoke of federal control".  According to the Court, SFPD has met and/or exceeded its racial quotas imposed by the Court in 1979.  It remains to be seen if SFPD can now proceed to hire and promote officers on the basis of qualifications instead of race or gender.   (San Francisco Examiner 10/3/98)

(Colorado, Denver)
Denver Officer Starts Organization for White Officers (02/11/01)

          (Adversity.Net Special Report)  Denver police officer Ronnie Williams believes that white officers should receive the same civil rights protections as minority officers.   Ofcr. Williams has formed the Denver Police Equal Rights Association.

[Link:  http://adversity.net/policefire_1_colorado.htm ]


The following Connecticut stories have moved to a new page:

The Hartford Nine: Firefighters Win Reverse Discrimination Suit (04/12/02)

New London:   Dumb Cop Rule, Dumbed Down Cops (9/11/01)

District of Columbia
Racist Emails or Just Cops? (04/01/00)

(Adversity.Net special)  Washington, DC police have  been charged with sending "racially insensitive e-mail" to each other.  Officers used the "N-word", they verbally attacked "whitey",  and they cast aspersions upon homosexuals.  But who doesn't know this kind of talk always goes on between cops?

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