Local News in Brief : Court of Appeal Hears Police Bias Case

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal has heard oral arguments in the case of a Latino police officer who in 1986 won a federal racial discrimination suit against the City of Glendale. A ruling could come shortly.

The case was argued last Thursday in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal before Justices Warren Ferguson, Robert Beezer and Edward Leavy in Pasadena.

In October, 1986, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Glendale Police Officer Ricardo L. Jauregui, a 12-year veteran of the department, was passed up for promotion in favor of less qualified Anglo officers. The judge ordered the city to promote Jauregui to sergeant and give him back pay retroactive to February, 1985.

Before reaching a decision, the appellate court justices will review both the oral arguments and a 49-page appeal filed by the city.

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