NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed by black police officers accusing New Haven of racial discrimination over a sergeant promotion test.
Superior Court Judge Matthew Frechette last week denied a move by the city to dismiss the lawsuit. He says a civil service commissioner who expressed concerns about a lack of Latinos who passed the test gave inconsistent testimony about whether the commission voted to stop using the test results after one year. The judge said that could create an inference of discrimination for a juror.
The city plans to ask the judge to reconsider, arguing no vote occurred.
In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled New Haven violated white firefighters' civil rights when they threw out promotion tests results because too few minorities did well.
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