Wednesday, February 21, 2018
TKC FACT CHECK!!! ACTUALLY, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS AGAINST KCFD COST MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
Our blog community recently highlighted a series of lawsuits against the KCFD that cost more than $200K . . . In reality, the price-tag was much higher.
The most recent case noted by local media involved a pattern of discrimination and dearth of leadership roles for African-American firefighters.
"A worker employed by the Kansas City Fire Department for 17 years and had been eligible for captain for 12 of those years. He took the captain’s test five times and scored high on objective testing. But the suit said he was marked down in oral sections that involve responding to questions in front of a video camera “because he is African-American . . . 13.5 percent of the department’s 1,356 employees are African-American, while the city’s population is about 30 percent African-American. They also are underrepresented in leadership roles . . Only 7.5 percent of the 199 captains are African-American.”
And so . . .
FACTORING IN FEES AND DAMAGES: THE RECENT DISCRIMINATION PRICE TAG FOR KCFD TOTALS MORE THAN ONE MILLION BUCKS!!!
This bad news comes at a time when City Hall is at odds with police over cash for more dispatchers and politicos are angry about the significant portion of the budget dedicated to public safety.
While reasonable people can agree to disagree on any number of legal verdicts, there's no denying that the cost alleged KCFD institutional racism continues to climb and impacts that entire city budget.
Developing . . .