Second black officer sues Balto. Co. police, alleging race bias

March 06, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

A second black Baltimore County police officer has filed suit in federal court alleging racial discrimination in the department, including an incident in which a white sergeant is accused of carrying a noose around the offices of the Western Traffic Division.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by a Bethesda attorney representing 12-year veteran Officer Calvin B. Settle, 33, seeks $9.6 million in damages for the harassment.

One of Settle's co-workers in the Western Traffic Division, Officer Keith Harris, filed a similar suit against the department in September asking for $1.8 million in damages. Hearings have not been scheduled in either case.

Both lawsuits allege a pattern of discrimination predating the December 1992 noose incident and ending with the transfers of Settle, Harris and another black officer, Charles M. Floyd, to patrol jobs in April 1996.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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