Syracuse’s 40-year-old deal to diversify police survives federal threat

Syracuse, N.Y. – A 40-year-old court order committing the city to diversify its police and firefighting ranks has survived a challenge from the U.S. Justice Department, but with a change.

The city can continue to prioritize hiring Blacks and women as police and firefighters, U.S. District Judge David Hurd ruled in a decision filed Tuesday.

His decision, which came eight days before President Donald Trump leaves office, did not strip the city’s authority to hire police officers and…

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