NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge will appoint an independent monitor to oversee an effort to make the Fire Department of New York more diverse.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave his findings Wednesday following a civil trial last month in Brooklyn. The Justice Department had sued on behalf of a black fraternal organization.
The judge says despite progress from recent recruiting, the FDNY hasn’t committed enough time or resources to reverse a long history of discrimination. He says an independent monitor is needed to ensure the department becomes more diverse.
The FDNY has announced that nearly half of the people who signed up for its next exam are minorities. Currently, only about 3 percent of firefighters are black.
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