Editorial: Police Discrimination

Cleveland, OH - The shooting by Cleveland police officers of African American crime suspects continues to be a political hot potato in this city and city officials continue a practice of bungling almost every incident that occurs.

The latest travesty is the verdict recently by a federal court jury awarding $800 thousand dollars to Officer Edward Lentz. Lentz was accused five years ago of shooting a black youth outside the home of former Mayor Jane Campbell. Lentz said the city ordered the police department to pull him from patrol duty and put him to guard the police gymnasium for almost two years - a punitive assignment that Lentz said was never given to any black officer involved in a shooting and therefore was discrimination.

The jury agreed and now the city, unless an appeal is successful, is out almost a million dollars.  Just another example of bad judgment, not by the police but by the politicians.