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Cops in Milwaukee win bias suit

April 1, 2005

MILWAUKEE (AP) A federal jury found that Milwaukee's former police chief discriminated against 17 white men by promoting women and minorities ahead of them. The jury, which reached its verdict Tuesday, will return next week to decide how much the plaintiffs should get in damages.

The 17 are seeking more than $5 million and an immediate promotion to captain if applicable. Two are now captains, and two others are retired.

"Total victory," proclaimed one of the plaintiffs, Lt. Steven Alexander.

During the three-week trial, the plaintiffs claimed that former Police Chief Arthur Jones, who is black, discriminated by repeatedly promoting women and minorities to captain ahead of better-qualified white men.