Tulsa FOP takes suit over discrimination settlement to federal court

Thursday, June 13th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police has gone to court over a legal settlement between the city and some black police officers that accused the city of discrimination.

The Police union argues the settlement violates their contract - which gives them the right to negotiate changes in policy and procedures.

Tulsa Police and a member of the FOP, Sgt Jim Clark, "We started getting some answers, we have a lot more answers we deserve to get."

Attorney for the black police officers, Louis Bulloch, "I'm very confident of it, it is a good agreement, it's fair to everyone.”

The hearing in federal court will continue next week.

Former Tulsa Mayor Susan Savage is defending the settlement. Savage says she signed off on it cause she felt it was in the best interest of the community and the Tulsa Police Department. She also says she would sign it again.

But under questioning by a FOP attorney, Savage admitted Police Chief Ron Palmer had told her he thought the lawsuit was without merit.