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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"
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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