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Police Officer Plans To Sue Southampton Village For Racial Discrimination

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A Southampton Village police officer says he was denied a promotion and discriminated against because he is black. He plans to sue the village to prompt an investigation and receive unspecified damages.

New York State requires anyone who serves as a detective or investigator for 18 months to receive the position permanently.

Southampton Village Officer Karrem Proctor served on the East End Drug Task Force between 2015 and 2017. He was removed from the task force one day before his 18 month anniversary.

Proctor says he was the only officer who was not promoted to the higher rank, while six other white officers received the promotion.

A Southampton Village spokesperson says they are not able to comment on pending litigation.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.
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