The cost incurred by the city as it continues to defend itself against a slew of lawsuits filed by former and current police officers has hit $7.1 million and counting, officials announced recently.
And most of the cases — which center on claims of racial discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination — remain ongoing.
The largest chunk of the cost, roughly $4 million, was spent defending a multi-plaintiff lawsuit in which three Latino officers, a black officer and an Armenian officer claimed racism and sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in May 2009.
Two of the plaintiffs — Omar Rodriguez and Elfego Rodriguez, who were both dropped from the suit — were among the 10 officers fired in 2010 for alleged misconduct stemming from a Porto’s robbery investigation in 2007.
All but one of the fired employees appealed their terminations, City Atty. Amy Albano said Friday.
Omar Rodriguez, however, dropped all claims against the city and gave up his administrative appeal in July, with the city also agreeing to dismiss its cross complaint against him, records show.