Officer Chad Rives is suing, saying he was discriminated against because of his race.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Kansas City, MO, police officer is suing. He says he was discriminated against because of his race.
Tuesday in court lawyers for the one-time homicide detective, now patrolman tried to paint a picture portraying two current deputy chiefs and a captain as being racist.
Former homicide sergeant Dave Bernard described Chad Rives, a detective in Bernard's unit for several years, as "a good homicide detective." During that time, Bernard said Rives received excellent evaluations.
In an internal letter Bernard said Rives was "tenacious and highly motivated to solve homicides and he produced results."
In a May 2010 internal memo Major Randall Hundley thanked Rives for his "continued production."
But something changed by 2011 when Hundley along with Deputy Chief Kevin Masters, Homicide Cpt. Floyd Mitchell and the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners were targets of a civil lawsuit Rives filed claiming discrimination.
Rives was a detective in homicide from 2004 until 2011 when he was transferred and demoted to patrol officer.
In court Bernard said Rives' transfer "stunned" him because the reasons behind his transfer seemed minor, including an allegation Rives made negative comments in a class about Mitchell, and changes he had planned for the homicide unit.
In July 2011 Rives filed a discrimination charge with the Missouri Commission of Human Rights against Hundley and Masters after he was transferred. Shortly after Rives filed the complaint Bernard said he received his first negative evaluation in his 21 years of being a supervisor. In the evaluation Bernard was accused of "failing in his duties to supervise Rives."
Bernard testified he believed his supervisors were using him as a scapegoat to take the attention off of themselves and put it on him, the only supervisor who did not want Rives transferred and the only supervisor who is not African American.
Tuesday plaintiff was putting on their witnesses, but the defense is firing back. They are trying to lay a foundation painting Rives as a troublemaker with more citizen complaints against him than any other homicide detective.
Testimony will continue Wednesday morning.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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