Fireman's racism complaint dismissed

"Obviously we are happy with the result of the case. It was the right result," said Witz. "We're happy to put it behind us and move on."

While the ruling was not in his favor, Darrell is confident about his other two complaints that have been filed against the department. Currently, he is working alongside his attorney to send a formal appeal to Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights Galen Kirkland in the next month.

"I feel excellent abot this case and it might be overturned by the commissioner," said Darrell. "I feel that there is a very good chance that the commissioner will side with me."

Darrell also said that in regards to his two other complaints, that he feels a time constraint will not be a factor in his two other complaints that were filed against the department. Darrell's dismissal in December of 2009 was the result of a departmental rule, outlined in the 2007 edition of the department's operating guidelines that says any member receiving three suspensions in a 12-month period may be subject to dismissal pending a review by the chief and fire commissioners. After being let go in December, Darrell filed two more complaints against the department, saying race was the main reason behind his dismissal.

"I think that the time constraint in these next two cases will not be a factor," he said.

Darrell has recently finished paramedic school at SUNY Cobleskill and is working on applying to medical school by the end of the year.


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