Skip to comments.White Officer Claims Bias by Ithaca Police
Posted on 06/01/2010 9:19:53 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
ITHACA, NY--The City of Ithaca, Police Chief Ed Vallely, Deputy Chief John Barber, Deputy Chief Pete Tyler and the Tompkins County District Attorney's office discriminated against Ithaca Police Officer Chris Miller and other white male officers, Miller is alleging in a $17 million lawsuit filed in federal court May 20.
The lawsuit alleges they increased their discrimination against Miller after he filed human-rights complaints and retaliated with baseless accusations, threats of indictment and termination, harassment, greater scrutiny, and unjustified and unlawful discipline, including a bogus investigation of him in 2009.
The suit also names the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association and PBA President Jeff Huddle as defendants, claiming they refused to address Miller's complaints and took part in the discrimination and retaliation.
Ithaca City Attorney Dan Hoffman said the defendants do not agree with the allegations and will respond accordingly. They heard the same complaints from Miller before, he added.
Vallely hung up when asked about the suit, while Miller, Huddle and District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson said they couldn't comment on it. Barber and Tyler couldn't be reached for comment.
The investigation, recent threats and Miller's attempts to get promoted are the only specific allegations mentioned in the lawsuit, but are part of the discrimination and retaliation it claims the defendants practiced against all white male officers, the suit claims. Miller joined the Ithaca Police Department in 2000; his job performance has always been acceptable and free of misconduct; and he scored high on a civil service exam. As a white male officer, however, he was subjected to more stringent performance evaluations, and intense scrutiny both on and off the job, the suit alleges.
"The defendants subject plaintiff and male Caucasian employees to higher standards of performance and adherence to rules and regulations while excusing African-American and minorities from the same standards of behavior," the suit said. "Throughout his career, plaintiff has been relentlessly counseled and reprimanded for conduct that is unremarkable or has gone unnoticed and unpunished by superiors when committed by African-American and minority officers." White male officers are passed over for assignments and promotions in favor of minorities and "treated as second-class citizens," the suit claims.
In addition to the damages and other things, Miller is asking that the defendants be ordered to publicly apologize to him, restore him to his position with its benefits, stop further discriminatory and retaliatory treatment in the Ithaca Police Department, conduct training about it, and "provide equal opportunities, terms, benefits and pay to all employees in the Ithaca Police Department."
He is going to have a heck of a time proving it, the old PD is going to become a wall.
Probably. Unless the other white cops are getting fed up.
This infestation by the incompetent has to stop now,Way too much damage has been done.
Ithaca is what Obama wants America to be.
‘Ithaca is what Obama wants America to be.’
Not quite: in O’s Ithica, the PD would be 50% undocumented workers...with a union.
Hold on here..Just wait a minute!! Cops doing something wrong? Mistreating their own? No honor among cops?
This can’t be, can it? Cops on the wrong side of right? </S>
Cops think they are insulated from the rest of the world and can do what ever they want...because, well, because they are...COPS.
He’s suing the UNION, too???
Yo, OFficer Whitey... from one white man to another... there is a TARGET on your Back ... YOU are the Chosen One.. chosen to be forced to accept the slings and arrows of outrageous Bullshot.
YOU HAVE NO CASE, unless you are NOT one of the following, White, Male, Heterosexual, Christian ...
From now on, the law in Ithica will be administered by:
**Ithaca is what Obama wants America to be.**
Except that the FEMALE CHIEF had quit.
so Ithica is harboring the racist mentality that “minorities” are not as smart and don’t, won’t or can’t strive to perfect their performance.
Back in the early 1990’s, the LAPD discriminated against applicants who were white males.
White males, in order to be considered for employment, needed test scores of 100% AND they had to be veterans of the Gulf War. White female applicants, black males and females, hispanic males and females, etc. were allowed lower test scores in the 80’s and 90’s and did NOT have to be a Gulf War veteran. Blatant discrimination.
Oh,... forget it!
Everyone is equal in Ithaca - but some are more equal than others...
He wants you all to be towns that survive on Public Education, tourism and social activism? I forsee problems with that.