Judge Throws out Black Elgin Officer's Discrimination Lawsuit
Kimberly, James, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: James Kimberly Daily Herald Staff Writer
In a written decision filed Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the city of Elgin by a black police officer.
Stevenson Jones, a seven-year veteran with the force, wrote the discrimination lawsuit himself and filed it in October.
Jones and city attorney Michael Gehrman met with Judge Ruben Castillo privately on Friday. Castillo released his decision Wednesday.
In dismissing the lawsuit, Castillo did not comment on the merits of Jones' case. He did so because of errors in it. He gave Jones until March 21 to hire an attorney and file an amended lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Jones alleged he was removed from the department's narcotics task force because he was black. He said he was called derogatory racial names by a manager and subjected to internal affairs investigations after he filed a discrimination complaint with the department.
Jones said he was told he could no longer serve in the narcotics unit because he had already spent two years conducting undercover drug investigations. Jones said he was replaced by a white female police officer who also had two years of experience in the narcotics unit. …