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Trial date set in race bias suit

January 11, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oysnvzlet.

first_imgThe lawsuit also claims that a picture of Buckwheat, the African-American character from the kids’ TV series “Our Gang,” was taped onto Cobb’s computer. When he removed the photo, it reappeared in the form of a screensaver on his computer’s desktop, according to court documents. Monrovia spokesman Dick Singer said in December that the city had launched an investigation into Cobb’s claims, but that he filed the lawsuit while the inquiry was still ongoing. Charges of racial discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to investigate were originally lodged in the form of a lawsuit against the city and its police department on Aug. 23. Lawyers defending the city subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the suit. On Dec. 27, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James E. Satt said the lawsuit contained insufficient evidence to support its claims, Meneses said Wednesday. But an amended complaint was filed in January, and Meneses said his firm did not dispute the more thorough suit. LOS ANGELES – A judge Wednesday set a Sept. 10 trial date for an African-American Monrovia police officer’s lawsuit against the department for racial discrimination. Glenn Cobb, a 10-year department veteran who is currently on leave, claimed he suffered verbal harassment at the hands of a sergeant – his superior – beginning in October 2005. G. Arthur Meneses of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore – the Los Angeles-based firm that represents the city of Monrovia and its police department in the case – has said Cobb filed no formal complaint with the department and offered no facts to support his claims. Allegations range from a sergeant telling Cobb, 40, that rather than celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the third Monday of each January, people should instead praise James Earl Ray, the civil rights leader’s assassin. After the Dec. 27 status conference, Terrell said he purposely filed a “skeletal complaint,” or one that contains minimal information, as part of a strategy to see how far the city’s investigation into his client’s claims had progressed. Wednesday, Satt sent the case out for mediation, where both parties attempt to settle the case out of court before a trial. A post-mediation status conference is set for May 16 in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, Dept. 40. A final status conference will take place Sept. 6. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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