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Racial Discrimination Suit May Cost Fayetteville Taxpayers More Money

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville taxpayers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets if the city takes a racial discrimination claim to court.

City leaders met for more than eight hours Tuesday with the attorneys of four former Fayetteville police officers. The officers filed racial discrimination complaints in 1996.

After a daylong mediation session, both sides could not settle on an agreement, which means the case could go to trial.

"This whole mediation process was my idea because I thought it would give everybody an opportunity to come to the table and talk but it didn't work out that way," says councilmember Marshall B. Pitts. "We didn't reach a consensus -- a middle ground. I was very much disappointed."

Pitts says the city has already spent more than $300,000 defending the discrimination lawsuits.


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