Cincinnati Cop Fired After Ticket Quota-Bias Comment Gets Trial

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By John McCoy

Vincent George told the world he believed the Cincinnati Police Department was stopping and arresting a disproportionate number of black citizens under a rigid quota system—and it cost him his job.

The case comes at a time when new attention is being paid to police practices, particularly those that negatively affect minority populations.

George joined the CPD in 1999. In 2005 he told the media that the department was using a ticket quota system that had an “adverse impact on African Americans,” according to his complaint, filed in June 2016 with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

After 15 years with the department and almost 10 years of being “blacklisted” and refused promotions, George resigned, he said. He reapplied approximately 3 months later and even got a handwritten approval from the police chief. But he says his efforts were stymied by an HR staffer who only sought input from people she believed would oppose his return.

The court found that the failure to rehire was enough to allow George’s retaliation claim to move forward. Three other claims filed by George were dismissed. It dismissed a hostile work environment claim because George missed the 300-day deadline to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and his race and disability discrimination claims were dismissed because he didn’t mention either in his EEOC filing.

A Cincinnati Police Department spokesperson wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The case is George v. City of Cincinnati, S.D. Ohio, 1:16-cv-688, 3/9/18.

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