San Jose Police Discrimination Lawsuit Rejected by Jury

The 50-year-old man claimed he wasn't promoted to lieutenant at least four times because of his race.

Saturday, Feb 4, 2012  |  Updated 12:51 PM PDT
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An 8-person jury returned its verdict against Glenn Harper on Friday after a full day of deliberations.

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A federal jury has rejected a San Jose police officer's lawsuit claiming police officials passed him over for promotions because he is African American.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the 8-person jury returned its verdict against Glenn Harper on Friday after a full day of deliberations.

The 50-year-old Harper claimed department leadership denied him a promotion to lieutenant at least four times because of racial bias. He said less qualified candidates received the promotion instead.

Attorneys for the city denied any bias.

Harper said though disappointed by the verdict, his lawsuit had led to changes in the department's promotion practices.

He retired in December after 25 years on the force.

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