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Thursday, November 20, 2008

11/20/08 Rookie Reporter Friedman Once Again Reguritates A Town Press Release And Only A Town Offical Is Quoted. There Is No Other Side To The Story.

Hey Debra, There’s are always at least two sides to a good news story ...

Greenwich seeks dismissal of police discrimination suit

By Debra Friedman
Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2008 02:34:44 AM EST

A U.S. District Court judge today will hear arguments on a motion to dismiss a racial discrimination case brought by eight minority police officers.

The suit, filed in 2006, alleges that the six black and two Latino plaintiffs have been denied equal opportunity to advance to jobs such as detective, accident investigator and SWAT team member because of bias.

In recent weeks both sides made arguments on the motion, which asks Judge Mark Kravitz to reject the suit because, according to the town, there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations.

Bridgeport-based attorney William Wenzel, who is the town's lead attorney on the case, submitted a 15-page brief in support of the motion.

"There is no evidence that any person receiving a complaint had any policy-making authority at all," Wenzel wrote.

However, the plaintiffs maintain that the evidence has been presented on many occasions.
"The defendant's failure to maintain written standards or criteria for appointment to specialized units or the detective bureau and the lack of paper trail or documentation with respect to such decisions have permitted the defendants decision-makers to permit discrimination and/or retaliation to play a factor in the decision making process," wrote Lewis Chimes, the New Haven-based lawyer for the eight officers.

There is no scheduled date for when Kravitz might make a ruling on the motion.

Greenwich Time Rookie Reporter Debra Friedman Needs To Learn That There Are Sometimes Two And Three Sides To A News Story.

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