Two former police officers say they lost their jobs to reverse discrimination and have retained an attorney.
Major Terry Brock and Captain Dwayne Jones worked for the City of Griffin Police Department in Spalding County for more than 50 years, combined. Just before Christmas, they were told the city was eliminating their jobs.
"I don't know how to describe it, other than I was just stunned and shocked," said Jones. Brock agreed, adding, "no warnings, so just totally shocked."
Jones and Brocks' positions were eliminated under a city restructuring effort to save money.
However, Eleanor Attwood, an attorney representing the two officers, said she believes the jobs were taken away due to reverse discrimination. She said both officers let go are white. Their two counterparts who retained their jobs… both black. "Our clients, I believe, we will see on paper and in length of service, are better qualified than their counterparts."
Read Gignilliat, Attorney for the City of Griffin, released this statement:
"It's understandable that Mr. Brock and Mr. Jones would be unhappy about, and disagree with, the elimination of their positions in the Griffin Police Department, but very disappointing that they would choose to challenge the decision as racially discriminatory. It's difficult to imagine that either of these gentlemen genuinely believes or even suspects that racial considerations influenced the decision-making process, which the City of Griffin strongly denies. Nevertheless, the City recognizes Mr. Brock and Mr. Jones' rights to pursue such claims if that's what they elect to do, and will look forward to refuting those claims and demonstrating the legitimacy of the decision-making process at the appropriate time."
Attwood has filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 180 days, she will file a lawsuit against the City of Griffin.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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