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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
  Diversity means never having to worry if your candidate is qualified
JS Online: Jones discriminated, jury finds: "Seventeen white men from the Milwaukee Police Department won their discrimination lawsuit against former Chief Arthur Jones and the City of Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon, prompting backslapping and hugs in a federal courtroom.

I believe that it is a blow to diversification, and I think that's very important to a municipal police department, especially here in Milwaukee.

The verdict: An eight-member federal jury decided that the Milwaukee Police Department, under former Chief Arthur Jones, discriminated against 17 white male lieutenants who were passed over for promotions.

What’s next: The jury will reconvene Monday at 9 a.m. for the penalty phase of the trial. Testimony in this phase is expected to last three days. The plaintiffs are each seeking $300,000 in compensatory damages plus punitive damages and promotions to captain.

Other cases: A number of discrimination suits against the department and city are pending from the Jones era, including two filed against the city by Jones himself. Jones is seeking $2 million in damages in each of his suits.
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'Total victory,' proclaimed lead plaintiff Steven Alexander, a police lieutenant, into his cell phone after the verdict, which could cost the city millions and force i"
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Horwitz argued that Milwaukee's police chiefs have long exercised subjective judgment over selecting captains, but the jurors found many specific times where they believed discrimination influenced Jones' choices.

In a possible glimpse into how damages could be allocated, a chart filled out with the verdict shows the jury unanimously believed the 17 white men had collectively been skipped over 144 times when Jones deigned to name less-qualified minority members to captains.

Included in that number were three lieutenants promoted to captain - Darryl Winston, Mary Hoerig and Andra Williams - who jurors believed benefited from Jones' discrimination against all 17 of the plaintiffs, a total of 51 instances of discrimination.
 
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