Greensboro Has Paid More Than $1.8 Million For Police Lawsuits

12:19 AM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Seven years later, the black book scandal still haunts the City of Greensboro. It's also costing taxpayers a fortune.

News 2 requested a breakdown to show how much the city is still spending on defense attorneys.

The most expensive case involves the officer at the center of this scandal: James Hinson.

The city has shelled out nearly $937,000 defending his lawsuit claiming he was unfairly targeted by police investigations because he's black.

The city has spent another $264,000 fighting the class action suit filed by 39 other black officers and another $270,000 fighting the suit from Officer Julius Fulmore.

White officers, accused of targeting the black officers, have also sued the city.

Former Chief David Wray's discrimination suit has cost more than $157,000 so far.

Add another $5,000 for a similar case filed by former Deputy Chief Randall Brady and another $91,000 for the suit filed by officers Tom Fox and Scott Sanders.

On top of all that, the city is defending City Councilwoman Trudy Wade against a suit claiming she leaked officers' names to the media. That price tag is about $89,000.

The grand total for all of the lawsuits is $1,811,963.

News 2 is scheduled to talk with Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins on Friday about the costs.

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