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October 20, 2014, 9:15 pm
970 WMAY News

Springfield Police Race Discrimination Case Remains in Committee

An ordinance that would settle a racial discrimination case three white Springfield Police officers filed against the city is stalled in committee after aldermen failed to place it on the debate or consent agenda. 


The case, as reported by 970 WMAY, would settle a discrimination case for three police officers claiming they were not treated the same as a black officer under similar circumstances.  


Alderman Joe McMenamin requested an executive session to address some of his concerns.  


That closed door session came at the end of a nearly 2 1/2 hour meeting.  


With Alderman Tim Griffin absent from the meeting and Aldermen Frank Edwards and Kris Theilen both leaving the meeting before the executive session was over, that left only seven aldermanic votes to place the settlement on either the consent or debate agenda.  


Six votes were needed to place the ordinance on either agenda, something aldermen failed to accomplish.  


The ordinance now remains in committee.  


The case has been around since 2004, according to Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen.

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