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Jury: Officer Denied Promotion Because He is White

March 11, 1994

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A federal jury awarded a police officer $200,000, ruling that the city refused to promote him because he is white.

City officials had argued that Officer Joseph Paskvan was denied promotion to sergeant in 1988 because he displayed questionable judgment. He shot nine people, all minorities, during his first 12 years on the force. Two of them died.

Paskvan claimed he wasn’t promoted because of his race. He scored third on the sergeant’s exam, and was the only one of the top 50 test-takers not promoted.

″We think the jury verdict sends a message to the city that they can’t play racial politics with a police officer’s promotion,″ Paskvan’s lawyer Edward Kramer said after Wednesday’s verdict.

Kramer said he would ask a federal judge to order the city to promote Paskvan. Lawyers for the city said they may appeal.

″We are very disappointed with the result,″ said Barbara Marburger, chief assistant law director. ″We think it’s an unjust result.″

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