Local & Regional
Sun August 29, 2010
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Judge asked to approve settlement to Tulsa lawsuit
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge is being asked to approve an agreement that would end a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit against the city of Tulsa.
The proposed agreement filed Friday with U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern is signed by attorneys for the plaintiffs, the city, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
It includes ending a proposed 15-year limit on specialty assignments within the Police Department and establishes a "citizen consultant" to advise the police chief on the assignments.
It also calls for the Fraternal Order of Police to drop its state court and administrative actions against the city.
The lawsuit was filed in 1994 and alleges that the police department discriminated against black officers. It was certified as a class action in 1998.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com