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NAACP Plans Legal Action On Behalf Of Lower Merion Police Officer

LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) – The Lower Merion police department is the target of legal action filed by an African-American police officer who claims he wasn’t promoted because of his race.

Representatives of the NAACP say they are standing behind veteran officer Kerry Godbold, whom they say was passed over by the department in his bid to become a sergeant earlier this year.

Jerome Mondesire, president of the Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP, says a discrimination complaint has been filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

“There are 135 police officers in the Lower Merion police department, only three are African-American,” Mondesire charges.  “No African-American has ever been promoted to the upper ranks of the Lower Merion police department,” he adds.  “We just find that outrageous.”

Mondesire says the complaint will take about six months to go through the commission, and they expect the officer will get a right-to-sue letter allowing him to file suit against the township.

Meanwhile, Mondesire says, they’ve been watching other suburban police departments to see if they are discriminating against minority cops.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • dmac6419

    U white folks are some krazy mofos

  • Philly

    I went to my local state rep office and called a city council woman. They both said yea yea we know they tell whites that. nothing you can do . I couldn’t get a lawyer to touch it. They can do it legally under affirmative action I was told. Affirmative action gives them the legal right to take less qualified people even under a testing for hire environment !

  • Mike Johnson

    great comment…..phila has been discriminating against whites for a looooong time.and no one fights it……………..

    • M

      Maybe someone should open the door for that. I noticed if you are not part of a certain race, then your applicationSSS are denied. Unfair.

  • Philly

    what about when I scored a 100 on the Phila police test and they didn’t hire me? I was told I was white they wanted blacks only in the next class. They hired them with scores of 85 and below .

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