Trial begins in case of reverse discrimination
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A reverse discrimination trial is underway in the City of Binghamton.
In the case being tried at the Federal Court House downtown, Ithaca police officer Chris Miller alleges he was treated unfairly by the department because he is white.
Jurors were sworn in and opening statements were given Wednesday.
The plaintiff's attorney says problems began in 2005 when Miller complained that minority officers in the department were not being held to the same standards as white officers. Miller also accuses the Ithaca PD of retaliating to his complaints with disciplinary action.
The defense is arguing that Miller was disciplined on several occasions not because of his race, but for recurring bad behavior and complaints from Ithaca residents about his attitude and actions while on duty.