- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Anchorage Police Department.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (https://is.gd/MBLjtL ) that two former undercover detectives, Alivin Kennedy and Eliezer Feliciano, sued nearly four years ago, saying they missed out on the assignments they wanted after their drug unit was disbanded.

Kennedy, who is black, also alleges he was the victim of racial profiling in a traffic stop by another officer.

Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler says the city is paying an outside law firm more than $350,000 to defend against the lawsuit. Anchorage has settled previous suits filed by officers who were represented by the plaintiffs’ attorney, Ken Legacki.

But Wheeler says the city is sick of dealing with what he calls “baseless allegations” and is prepared to fight the lawsuit in court.

The witness list reads like a who’s who of Anchorage law enforcement. It includes Anchorage Chief Mark Mew, former chief Rob Heun, and several top deputies, as well as the president of the Anchorage police union and Karen Loeffler, the US attorney for Alaska.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.adn.com


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