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Paducah Police Officer Demoted for Making
Light of Ethnicity (Dead Link)
What Paducah police offer Dickie Powers said was: "...without (departmental)
change, I would still be in Poland building ships and (the other fellow) would be in
shackles picking cotton." It was informal, it was an effort to relieve
tension, it was spoken among peers as an honest observation. And he's being
sacrificed on the altar of racial political correctness for it! (MSNBC Aug. 98 --
link no longer available.)
Officer suspended for five days for
comment (09/30/98 - dead)
"A Portland police officer will serve a five-day suspension for unprofessional
conduct for allegedly saying ``Welcome to America'' to two Sudanese teen-agers he had
stopped for questioning, Chief Michael Chitwood said. But Chitwood also said Tuesday
an internal investigation found no indication Sgt. Joseph Conicelli used racial slurs in
dealing with the boys, and that he did not violate their civil rights."
(Associated Press, via Boston Globe, 09-30-98)
Maryland (Baltimore / Howard County):
Howard Co. Police Face Reverse Bias Suit (07/17/99 - dead
The Howard County Police department is being sued for reverse discrimination.
Michael S. Matthews alleges in the suit that he was passed over for a police job in 1995
because the department sets tougher hiring standards for European American males over 40,
vs. more lenient hiring standards for designated minorities and women.
Matthews' suit for $11 million was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Women
and minorities, he charges, received unfair advantages on police tests, including physical
tests and so-called psychometric tests, or personality tests. Mr. Matthews
filed his suit as a class-action on behalf of European American male applicants who were
not allowed to fairly compete for police jobs with the Howard County department.
Howard County is situated between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. The region is
heavily democratic, and has a large minority population.
Psychometric Testing: The psychometric tests referenced in Mr.
Matthews' suit are the result of pressure from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Civil
Rights, and from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, upon police and fire services to "lessen
the disparate impact of traditional testing upon certain minorities and
These new tests, sometimes called personality tests, have one primary purpose: to
generate higher scores for certain minorities and women while at the same time resulting
in lower scores for non-minority males relative to the pool of applicants. These
programs are being implemented in police and fire departments across the country, and have
sparked a number of similar complaints of reverse discrimination. (Based in part on
The Washington Post 07/17/99 page B03)
Black Officer Angry; Promotion Means No
More Helicopter Duty! (10/02/98 -
Black Baltimore Police Officer Robert Richards was under investigation for 18 months for
abuse of sick leave. Then, in spite of the investigation into Richards' employment
habits, the Baltimore PD promoted him, and Richards filed a "racial
discrimination" suit! It seems Richards is ticked off because his promotion
(and increased pay) requires him to spend more time in the office, and prevents him from
enjoying "helicopter duty". Sheesh! Play the race card much?
(MSNBC / WBAL-TV 10/02/98)
Justice Forces Police to Racially Profile Motorists
Adversity.Net Special Collection. On
Jan. 14, 2000 the Mongtomery County Department of Police signed a consent decree with the
U.S. Department of Justice in which the police were forced to agree to collect intrusive
racial data on all traffic stops -- for an indefinite period. According to the U.S.
Department of Justice, this practice constitutes "good" racial profiling.
NAACP felt that blacks who broke the traffic laws in Montgomery County were being unfairly
targeted, so they complained to U.S. DOJ who launched an "investigation".
For 3 years, from 1996 to 1999, the U.S. DOJ investigated Montgomery County Police and
could find no evidence of racism or racial harassment. Nonetheless,
and quite amazingly, the DOJ then threatened the county with years of law suits and
government harassment if the county police did not agree to racially profile all of their
traffic stops and report the results to DOJ so DOJ could determine if "too many
blacks" were breaking traffic laws in the county. This case constitutes yet
another of many dismal episodes in DOJ's history of attempting to create evidence of
racism where none exists.
Maryland (Montgomery County): Montgomery
Police Ticket Blacks at Higher Rate (12/3/99)
According to the Washington Post today "Two sources familiar with the [Department of
Justice] findings, announced to Montgomery officials by Assistant Attorney General Bill
Lann Lee, said the ... investigators found no evidence of a policy--"written or
unwritten" in the words of one source--that encouraged racial discrimination by
officers [nor did the report find] specific acts by officers that amounted to civil rights
Nonetheless, Bill Lann Lee trumpeted the misleading statistic that "Black motorists
receive an estimated 21 percent of traffic tickets issued by county police, even though
African Americans account for 12 percent of the population".
Neither Bill Lee's DOJ nor Montgomery County officials have asked the obvious
question: "Well, did blacks, in fact, commit 21 percent more traffic
offenses than other county residents?" It is the type of obvious question
that any high school statistics course teaches one to ask. Nor did either party cite
any cause for the higher rate of tickets to black drivers. No cause whatsoever.
In short, in spite of his best efforts, Bill Lann Lee's DOJ Office of Civil Rights has not
been able to pin a charge of racism or racial profiling on the Montgomery County Police.
Undaunted, DOJ's Mr. Lee has threatened to sue Montgomery County unless the county begins
collecting racial data on all traffic stops, and reporting that data to the feds.
Mr. Lee hopes to use racial profiling by the U.S. Government -- "good"
profiling -- to combat (unproven) racial profiling by the local government (defined as
"bad" racial profiling by Mr. Lee). It is familiar Department of Justice
Office of Civil Rights logic, coupled with their usual strong arm tactics and their usual
disregard for such niceties in criminal proceedings such as proof, intent, motive, and so
on. "No proof? Then let's create some!"
The local NAACP is unconcerned that Montgomery County has been cleared by DOJ in the
current report. "No matter what it says we're going to keep putting pressure
on," said Linda Plummer, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, as quoted in
the Washington Post.
Typical of the Justice Department's misguided fanaticism in matters of race, the
Washington Post cited sources close to the negotiations saying that the DOJ report also
raised questions about incidents in which Montgomery police pulled over black
drivers for questioning primarily because a witness to a crime had described the suspect
Hmm. Who are the police supposed to pull over when they're looking for a
black suspect? Asian Americans? European Americans?
Procedurally, DOJ's Civil Rights Office seems to have done a little "fine
tuning" of the numbers to get the result that they wanted. The Washington Post
reports that sources said "...Justice Department investigators did not filter out
those tickets issued to black motorists as a result of radar stops or accidents, possibly
inflating the figure with citations where race may have no influence on the officer's
"We can't believe the Justice Department wants us to stop issuing tickets to people
who break the law simply because we bump up against a racial or ethnic cap," said a
county official familiar with the negotiations. (Washington Post 12/03/99 page A01 by
January 2000 Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan appeared on the local county cable
channel with a smiling Bill Lann Lee from DOJ. Said Mr. Duncan "We are going to
collect the racial data for the Department of Justice." Duncan, who is a
died-in-the-wool liberal democrat should also have added "...We will collect
intrusive racial data on traffic stops in spite of the fact that Bill Lee and his DOJ have
found no evidence of racial discrimination in our police department. We are
choosing to cave in to the federal DOJ's demands that we make race a divisive factor in
traffic enforcement." Editor.
Quotas and Preferences Are Losing In
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Massachusetts News has MOVED to the following page:
Pontiac Fire Dept. Forced to
Abandon Racial Quotas! (July
Adversity.Net special report. White Pontiac, Michigan firefighters
will no longer be disadvantaged by racial quotas according to an agreement between the
U.S. Justice Department and the fire department.
The Pontiac FD will no longer be
able to hire less qualified minorities ahead of higher scoring whites.
Pontiac firefighter Art Frantz
filed suit over the practice in 2004 after being turned down for promotion to lieutenant
because he is white. Local attorney James Fett was instrumental in helping Mr.
Frantz win color-blind justice.
Adversity.Net Case 48: http://adversity.net/PontiacFD/default.htm
See Also other Michigan stories, below.
Flint Fire Dept. Sued for
Adversity.Net special report. White Flint, Michigan firefighter
John Linker sued his department and his black chief for racist slurs and for anti-white
bias. Linker won!
See Also other Michigan stories, below.
Youth Correction Workers Sue for Reverse
Discrimination (no link)
Two white, male corrections workers are suing the Michigan Family Independence
Agency. They have lost promotions to minorities and women with lower qualifications
and less experience. Among other things, it seems the W.J. Maxey Boys Juvenile
Training Facility has been requiring higher test scores of white males than of
minorities. The plaintiffs are being represented by Ann Arbor attorney James
Fett. (Ann Arbor News / Michigan Live 6/16/98 -- link no longer available.)
Michigan state trooper Michael Herendeen will get $275,000 and the rank of sergeant to
settle a claim that less-qualified minorities and women were hired while he was repeatedly
passed over in spite of his excellent credentials.
trooper's reverse discrimination suit (02/23/00)
The settlement offered to Herendeen is one of seven reverse discrimination settlements the
state has been forced to make to state troopers since 1996. It is estimated that the
settlements have cost $1.5 million, which sum is paid by the taxpayers.
As is usual in such embarrassing cases, the state police deny any wrongdoing and insist
that they signed an agreement with Herendeen simply to bring an end to the case.
The Detroit News reports that Col. Michael Robinson, state police commander, said the
agreement with Herendeen should not be construed to mean that the state police violated
any Michigan Department of State Police promotional policies. Which is, of course,
true: state police promotion policies quite clearly state that minorities and women
should be given preference over white's who have equal or better qualitifations in order
to promote "diversity".
Herendeen, who is 43 years old and is a 20 year veteran of the department. Yet he
was refused even the opportunity to interview for over 60 promotions despite his
consistently high scores on sergeant exams -- including two perfects, a Wayne State
University law degree and a spotless record.
The Detroit News quotes Herendeen's attorney, James Fett, as arguing that if too few women
and minorities scored in the top bracket on a sergeant exam, those preferred minorities
who scored in the next-lower bracket were then added to the pool of candidates for
sergeant openings. White men were considered only if they scored in the top-most bracket,
while minorities and women were considered for promotion if they only scored in the
As part of the reverse discrimination settlement by the state police, Michael Herendeen
has been promoted to sergeant retroactive to May 1, 1993. Herendeen currently works
full-time as president of the State Troopers' union.
(Based upon the Detroit News report by reporter
Gary Heinlein 2/23/00)
Wins $850,000 for Reverse Discrimination (10/25/98)
Livingston County Circuit Court this week awarded $850,000 to Detective Sgt. Thomas
Cremonte because his employer failed to promote him based on his race, gender and
age. The Circuit Court's decision was overturned on a technicality, but Cremonte is
confident he will win again at his second trial. (Chicago Tribune 10/25/98)
Sergeant Sues Township for Reverse Discrimination
Sgt. Keith Newton has sued Royal Oak Township, alleging he was paid $25,000 less than
black officers with similar duties. (Detroit Free Press, 7/23/98)
Michigan (Wayne County):
County Workers form 'Reverse
Discrimination Support Group' (06/24/98)
"Workers claim reverse discrimination"
"6 start support group as they fight alleged Wayne County practices"
"In 24 years, Daniel Biedzen's career in Wayne County government has advanced very
little. But it wasn't from a lack of trying, the 49-year-old Northville Township resident
said this week.
"In a case filled with irony, Biedzen, who investigates county workers'
discrimination complaints, blames racial discrimination for his problems.
"He is among six county workers who this week formed a support group -- Victims of
Reverse Discrimination in Public Employment -- to combat the problem. Four of the workers
are men. Three, including Biedzen, have filed lawsuits.
"I want a promotion and I want to reform the system," said Biedzen, who is
white. He is a member of Mensa, a club for people with high IQs. He has a bachelor's
degree from Wayne State University and is paid an annual salary of $36,000.
"I'm in the same salary grade as a salt truck driver, a clerical leader and a tree
trimmer," Biedzen said. "Sure, I'm not happy."
"Biedzen said he has been bypassed for promotions repeatedly, despite scoring first
in competitive exams.
"[Deputy County Executive Mike] Duggan said the county seeks a racial mix in its
workforce and management but does not have an affirmative action program that favors
"The number of [reverse discrimination] complaints are low because employees fear
retaliation, Biedzen said.
Some of the other members of the reverse discrimination group include:
John Blackstone, 35, of Belleville
Karen Kinder, 47, of Melvindale
Judith Muhammad, 55, of Detroit
Larry Fields, 50, of Carleton
According to the Free Press story, Biedzen, Fields and Kinder have filed discrimination
lawsuits; and Ms. Muhammad has filed a complaint with the federal government. Mr.
Blackstone withdrew a complaint with the federal government is preparing a lawsuit.
Larry Fields' attorney, Jim Fett, also previously represented two state troopers who were
awarded cash settlements for reverse discrimination. Attorney Fett is quoted by the
Free Press: "Discrimination against white people in Wayne County government is
rampant. The only time you can give preferences is to remedy past discrimination by
a governmental unit."
As of the date of this report, the Free Press reported that county employees can contact
Victims of Reverse Discrimination in Public Employment at 1-313-222-0336 anytime.
Excerpted from the Dennis Niemiec story in the Detroit Free Press 6/24/98
[last known link http://www.freep.com/news/locway/qcounty24.htm
Runs for President of NAACP Minneapolis Chapter
Minneapolis Fire Department deputy chief and fire marshall Ricky Campbell is campaigning
for the position of President of the Minneapolis NAACP. Campbell founded the
Minneapolis African American (black) Firefighters Association and was instrumental in
implementing racial quotas and preferences in this fire department. Ricky Campbell
believes that test scores and firefighting competence must take a back seat to firefighter
applicants' racial and ethnic status. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 01/02/99, by Mark
[ link http://www2.startribune.com/cgi-bin/stOnLine/article?thisSlug=NACP02&date=02-Jan-99
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