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City of Ithaca found liable in [reverse] discrimination case
Copyright 2003-2012 TWEAN d/b/a Your News Now (YNN) Syracuse. All Rights Reserved. ^ | 10/18/12

Posted on 10/18/2012 7:19:20 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

A jury has awarded Ithaca police officer Chris Miller more than $2 million in a federal discrimination lawsuit.

After nearly a month of testimony and two days of deliberation, it's a win for suspended Ithaca police officer Chris Miller.

"He works day by day to recover his reputation and I think it's been tarnished and I think it's been very difficult for him and his family. And I think this is a step along the way of recovering that," said AJ Bosman, Miller’s attorney.

Miller sued the City of Ithaca and five of his superiors in the police department. He said he was passed over for promotions because he is white.

While the jury did not find those claims to be true, they did agree that department leaders retaliated against Miller for filing a complaint with the state Human Rights division.

Miller's attorney says she's disappointed the discrimination charges didn't stick.

Bosman said, "I am in the sense that I think the policies and practices that are in place failed to recognize that you can't discriminate against anyone on the basis of race. It doesn't matter what color you are."

The jury awarded Miller $2 million in damages from the City of Ithaca and one dollar from each the four defendants found liable for retaliation.

"I think that they did that without a lot of information that could have been provided, but was kept out by the judge for various reasons and legal rulings," Bosman said.

Police Chief Ed Vallely, Deputy Chiefs John Barber and Pete Tyler and Lieutenant Marlon Byrd were all found liable for retaliation. Their attorneys declined to comment, but Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick sent out a statement expressing his disappointment, saying, "We believe this unfortunate verdict is the result of a number of serious errors. We will likely appeal and hope the appellate court will right this wrong."

As for Miller, his attorney says it's unlikely he'll return to work as a police officer, despite the outcome of the trial.

The defendants have 28 days to file a notice of appeal.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cityofevil; discrimination; ithaca; miller
Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 10/18/2012 7:19:21 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Hieronymus; VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
City of Evil bump:


2 posted on 10/18/2012 7:20:10 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

So the discrimination charges didn’t stick, but the cop still gets 2 million bucks from the taxpayers? I’m glad I’m not one of the chumps stuck buying his donuts!


3 posted on 10/18/2012 7:27:14 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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"$2 million in damages from the City of Ithaca and one dollar from each the four defendants found liable for retaliation"

This is EXACTLY BACKWARDS, but the Deep Pockets of the Taxpayers is where the Lawyer goes for his exhorbitant fees.

They should have found the 4 defendants guilty with $2 Million as their penalty, even if they had to implement Garnishment of their wages for the rest of their careers, and the Taxpayer should be liable for only the $4.

4 posted on 10/18/2012 7:29:46 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Slump Tester

The city was found guilty of retaliation


5 posted on 10/18/2012 7:33:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Slump Tester
I’m glad I’m not one of the chumps stuck buying his donuts!

Sounds to me that this is the guy who deserved the job while you are still buying donuts for the slacker who got the job and the political thugs who dumped on this guy when he bitched about it.

For this to happen in Ithaca, the most left wing town in the US, says it must have been really bad.

6 posted on 10/18/2012 7:47:19 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Slump Tester
I’m glad I’m not one of the chumps stuck buying his donuts!

Sounds to me that this is the guy who deserved the job while you are still buying donuts for the slacker who got the job and the political thugs who dumped on this guy when he bitched about it.

For this to happen in Ithaca, the most left wing town in the US, says it must have been really bad.

7 posted on 10/18/2012 7:48:39 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
and the Peoples Democratic Republic of Ithaca EVIL takes another one in the .........HA ha!!!

8 posted on 10/18/2012 7:54:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Ithaca, originally called Sodom.

What a surprise.


9 posted on 10/18/2012 8:15:04 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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I knew that Berkley is Gomorrah, but I didn’t realize that Sodom and Gomorrah were so far apart.


10 posted on 10/19/2012 7:48:50 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: AFPhys

Yep, the entire continental U.S. between them. I have to drive near Ithica-originally-called-Sodom occasionally... shudder.


11 posted on 10/19/2012 10:28:13 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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