Two sue city, Lovett over denied promotions | savannahnow.com

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Two sue city, Lovett over denied promotions | savannahnow.com

Two Savannah-Chatham police captains have alleged that Police Chief Willie Lovett denied them promotion to the rank of major because they are not white.

The allegations by Charles E. Hall and Dean Fagerstrom are contained in separate suits filed in U.S. District Court and follow the April 2012 promotions of white officers Larry Branson and Richard Zapal to the rank of major.

The suits contend that Lovett, in announcing an opening for major at a 2011 command staff meeting identified it as being “a white position,” that he would appoint a white to the position and that blacks need not apply “because he already had two black majors.”

According to the lawsuits, Lovett told the meeting “You all know this is a white position” or substantially similar words.

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