Steve Harvey


State News

March 23, 2013
 

CT State Trooper Claims Discrimination-Files Suit

More articles by »
Written by: marvin

CT State TrooperBy Jocelyne Hudson-Brown
Inquiring News

New Haven, CT – Veteran CT State Trooper Frederick “Fred” Abrams, 55, is suing the Connecticut Department of Public Safety (DPS) after being denied repeated assignment requests to work on the elite crime van unit division of the Connecticut State Troopers.

Abrams who joined the force in 1986, has over 25 years of service and experience. Promoted to detective in 1990 he was the youngest ever to do so at that time. He was assigned to Troop K as a member of the Eastern District Major Crimes Unit.  He was on the fast track of career success.

In 1999 he began making requests to be reassigned to the “crime van” unit.  Although the new assignment would leave the door open for additional overtime, the job itself does not pay extra. “After being passed over for years”, ultimately he was denied the assignment based upon his lack of “writing skills and a college degree” according to court documents. It should be noted that a college degree is not a requirement for the position.  The fact is, Abrams himself has trained some of the individuals who were chosen over him. He also has more seniority.

In his performance evaluations over the years he was consistently rated “satisfactory, very good or superior” in all categories up for review.  He has attended a multitude of specialty classes related to career enhanced knowledge and training in law enforcement. A 2010 performance review states, “His reports are well written, through, and require little or no correction.” In another the superior wrote “Det. Abrams’ attitude and work ethic are unique in today’s work force and he is considered an asset not only to the Eastern District Criminal Unit. But the State Police Department as well.”

He is recipient of numerous law enforcement and community awards. Still he was denied assignment to the crime van unit.

Around the water cooler, it’s been whispered; Abrams’ was denied because he did not “fit in”.

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series.  To view court documents Google: Frederick M. Abrams v. Department of Public Safety.



About the Author

marvin




Advertisement
 
 

 
A law enforcement officer takes off his boots during a break in the search for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Saranac, N.Y. Authorities are in the eighth day of searching for David Sweat and Richard Matt, two killers who used power tools to cut their way out of the prison in northern New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll).

NY Troopers Captured Escapee

NY Troopers Captured Escapee MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the same state troopers who spent three weeks hunting down two escaped killers found themselves scrambling to get the lone survivor to a hospital, hoping to make him we...
by Reggie Hales
0

 
 
Suspected Gunman (Age 25) Dylann Storm Roof

BREAKING NEWS: Nine Killed at Black South Carolina Church

CHARLESTON, S.C. – (By Harriet McLeod – Reuters / 6-17-15) – A 21-year-old white gunman with a criminal record killed nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South...
by Reggie Hales
0

 
 
President Obama as he gave historic speech in Selam Alabama, 3-7-15. To celebrate the 50th Ann. of Bloody Sunday march with martin Luther King, Jr.

President Obama Historic Selema Speech

Remarks of President Barack Obama Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes.  And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up th...
by Reggie Hales
0

 

 
Reggie Hales, Publisher of Inquiring News-CT, New England’s largest Black Newspaper, Accepted MLK, Jr. Award, with honor and in the name of his Community.

Black Press Publisher Wins MLK Award

 Wins Eastern CT. State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award!   Inqnews Staff Report Willimantic, CT – W. Reggie Hales, publisher of the Hartford-based African American Newspaper Inq...
by Reggie Hales
0

 
Advertisement
 
Adrienne W. Cochrane of the Urban League of Greater Hartford with Inquiring News Publisher, Reggie Hales at Annual HEZBA Luncheon. Photo-Bill Clark

H.E.Z.B.A. Luncheon Success-Well Attended

By. Jocelyne Hudson-Brown – Inquiring News-CT Hartford, CT – (2-27-15) – For African-American business owners from around Connecticut Black History Month ended on a high note at the Hartford Enterprise Zone Busin...
by Reggie Hales
0

 




Advertisement