NYC Coughs Up $300K To Settle Gay Cop Sex Harassment Case
A claim of on-the-job sexual harassment has netted two police officers $300,000. The purported harasser: an openly gay male colleague in the New York Police Department.
The alleged harassment took place in 2005. A department trial conduced in 2008 found Lt. Kieran Crowe guilty of sexually harassing Sgt. Dominic Coppola and Sgt. Sean Gallagher, who had filed a complaint alleging that Crowe had made sexually explicit gestures with his hands and his tongue at the male officers. One of the manual gestures the officers complained about was Crowe allegedly rubbing his crotch in front of them.
Crowe testified that if he had rubbed his crotch, it was due to “medical conditions.” Testimony from a dermatologist confirmed that Crowe had suffered from jock itch.
However, that defense did not convince John Grappone, who served as the trial commissioner in the case. The trial ended with a guilty verdict for Crowe and an opinion stating that a body rash did not excuse conduct of the sort about which the officers had complained, including “extensive staring at crotches, masturbation gestures, tongue gestures and sighing sounds.”
As to other gestures, Crowe said that miming of masturbation may have occurred while he was engaged in a telephone conversation and felt that he was being “jerked around.”
Crowe’s sentence was a two-month suspension and a year of probation during which any infraction would have resulted in his firing. Crowe retired right after the trial, stating, “I vehemently deny these charges and I’m confident that my name will be cleared.”
Gallagher and Coppola pursued a civil suit, and were rewarded with a sum total of $300,000 by the city, according to a July 13 article in the New York Daily News. Gallagher was awarded $125,000, while $175,000 went to Coppola, the article said.
“He paid nothing, he did nothing, he admitted nothing,” Rae Koshetz, Crowe’s attorney, told The New York Daily News, adding, “If the city wants to pay these people, that’s their choice.”
Eric Sanders, the lawyer for Gallagher and Coppola, said that the case was “further proof that the once-silent issue of same-sex harassment is on the rise.” Indeed, it does appear that more men are coming forward to report instances of sexual harassment by male colleagues; a March 4 Associated Press article related that over a 19-year period, from 1990 through 2009, men filing sexual harassment claims rose from 8% of all such claims to 16%, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. Some of those claims said that female colleagues were the harassers, but most identified the perpetrators as male.
EEOC lawyer Ernest Haffner told the AP that, “It’s certainly possible that there’s more sexual harassment of men going on, but it could just be that more men are coming forward and complaining about it.”
The article noted that claims of male-on-male sexual harassment had risen following a ruling from the Supreme Court in 1998 that men were also protected by federal laws barring such behavior.
The more homosexuality is normalized, the more cases of same-sex harassment there are (this is not only an increase in reporting, which is also obviously true). The sad part is that only one in a million cases ever get justice. At least there is a little media exposure every now and then.
How long do we have to wait for the little propaganda stereotype of homosexuals as “victims of intolerance” to be exposed for what it is: a pack of lies?
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Who’s doing the harassing and the threats of illegal retributions? Homosexuality fundamentalists, of course.
Steps are being taken again in Washington state to protect the 138,000 signers of a petition for R-71, a referendum in opposition to legalization of same-sex “marriage.”
The referendum petition was designed to give Washington voters a chance to take a stand for traditional marriage. But proponents of homosexual marriage have been fighting all the way to the Supreme Court to unveil names and other information of petition signers.
Larry Stickney, president of Washington Values Alliance (WVA), explains that the high court sent part of the case back to the lower court, in effect saying, “’We’re not going to strike every petition drive in America from being able to exempt them from public exposure. But you’ve got a good point…on the harassment issue, on hot-button issues.’ So they said, ‘Go back to federal court, and let’s start this thing over again and argue to narrowly focus on petition drives that are controversial.’”
Stickney notes there is ample evidence that in some cases, signers’ information ought to be kept secret, but the opposition complains they have been treated rudely by proponents of traditional marriage.
“There’s a big difference between being treated rudely and having your lives threatened,” the WVA president contends. “That’s what happened with myself and Gary Randall from the Faith and Freedom Network.”
He says activists also threatened others with job losses and boycotts on business owners who supported the petition drive. Meanwhile, no date has been set for a hearing.
Job losses, huh? Unequal protection, discrimination, bigotry and intolerance by homosexuality fundamentalists.
And should we bring up “hate” by any chance?
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