- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - An August trial is planned after a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer sued to say he was passed over for special assignments and promotion because he is white.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1nDQEru ) David Moran, who has been with the department since 2006, in the lawsuit blames “deliberate attempts to tilt the playing field in favor of minority candidates at the expense of well-qualified and experienced white officers.”

The city, in response, denies any wrongdoing.

Moran’s discrimination lawsuit filed last year seeks $25,000. It says Moran was denied a bomb squad assignment in 2011 and promotion to sergeant in 2013.

The city says bomb squad openings were filled by qualified candidates. It also says race played no role in the promotion decision.

A civil jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo