A fired Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer filed a lawsuit in federal court today accusing the district and its safety chief of using false pretenses to terminate him after 17 years of service.
Gerald Singleton, who filed his own suit, wrote that he was terminated in May 2010, three months after other employees spotted a licensed gun in his personal vehicle. He said in the lawsuit that the presence of a gun in his car, on a day when schools were closed for snow, was not a violation of law or district policy.
Mr. Singleton, who is African American, claimed that the termination came after he had endured years of "hateful and derogatory racial comments" by co-workers and saw black students subjected to abuse by white school police.
He has sued the district, its Safety Chief Robert Fadzen, several other district officials and employees of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which he said inadequately represented him when he challenged his firing.
Mr. Singleton's age and neighborhood of residence were not immediately available.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542.