Inkster city officials are crying foul after an all-white jury convicted them of discriminating against a police lieutenant because he was a “white Hispanic.” The city has requested a new trial, arguing that the jury was not representative of Inkster’s population, which is roughly 75 percent black.
A federal jury in Detroit awarded the lieutenant $250,000 in damages, finding that the department had given racial preference to black job candidates. The lieutenant was passed over for promotions to police chief and deputy chief, positions filled by black applicants.
The lieutenant testified that a memo listing the job candidates for police chief noted the candidates’ races next to their names. He also claimed that a former city manager had said that the next police chief would be black.