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Racial disparity in firefighter discipline alleged

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New Haven is investigating allegations by the firefighters union and a black firefighters fraternal organization that say discipline has been inconsistent. Leaders of the union and the fraternal organization, the Firebirds Society, also say morale is low. The New Haven Register reported that city corporation counsel Victor Bolden is conducting an investigation into allegations of racial disparities in discipline at the request of Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Bolden said he will look at disciplinary data over the past few years. Fire Chief Michael Grant would not comment on personnel issues or the investigation. A group of white New Haven firefighters won a discrimination case before the US Supreme Court in 2009. Justices ruled that New Haven violated white firefighters’ civil rights by throwing out 2003 test results in which too few minority candidates did well.

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