"They feel justified knowing all along it was a fair test. They should never have been denied promotions, says Police Union President J.D. Sewell. He says the city of
"That's disheartening. You take the test and everybody says it was a good test. Then they say we are not gonna promote you. Do it all over again, take more weeks off and study five months more," says Sewell.
The City Attorney says the prior administration found a disparity in the test results.
"It appeared to have a disproportionately higher success rate for white candidates than black and female candidates," says City Attorney Herman Morris.
The Lieutenants sued.
Lower courts sided with the city.
But after a similar case in
Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald concurred that the city had no reason to doubt the validity of the test and took no steps to ascertain the validity of the process before terminating it.
Judge Donald ruled in favor of the officers.
"Because they tried to manipulate the system, now they have to go back and pay these Major salaries when they weren't working as Majors," says Sewell.
The city has not decided whether to appeal.