Judge dismisses claims in N.C. discrimination case

The Associated Press

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WINSTON-SALEM — A federal judge has dismissed claims against the city of Greensboro in a pair of lawsuits alleging racial discrimination in the police department.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports that the cases had been scheduled to go trial Jan. 6, but were dismissed in a summary judgment issued Wednesday.

The cases involved former police Capt. Charles Cherry and former officer Joseph Pryor, last among the roughly 40 black and Latino officers who were plaintiffs in the lawsuits. Their attorney says an appeal is possible.

Black police officers said former Police Chief David Wray and his deputy used a special unit in the department to target black officers for investigation. Wray left the department in 2006.

The city settled with most of the plaintiffs in September for $500,000.