Investigator examining allegations of discrimination by officers


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (AP) – A city in South Florida has hired an outside investigator to investigate allegations of racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination in its police department.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has hired former Attorney Gregg Rossman to look into discrimination complaints from four officers that the police department discriminates when it comes to internal promotions. The officers’ attorney said complaints have been filed with the local district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which investigates discrimination in the workplace, according to South Florida’s sentinel of the sun.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with an external and independent investigator, as it is highly unlikely that the city will admit guilt or that there is a pattern of discrimination occurring at the hands of the carefully chosen leader,” said Tonja Haddad. Coleman, the lawyer officer.

Larry Scirotto, a former Pittsburgh deputy chief, assumed the post of chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in August. He asked City Hall questions.

Mayor Dean Trantalis told the Sun Sentinel: “I appreciate that the city lawyer and city manager are proactive and try to ensure fairness in the process.”


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