BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WCBS 880) – After 32 years, one of the longest race discrimination cases in the country’s history has ended.

It was back in 1978 when a small group of black police officers in Bridgeport filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city, WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports.

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A federal court judge issued a remedy order, finding pervasive racial discrimination and unconscionable treatment of black officers.

Antonio Pomber, who represented the minority officers, said the federal court has now lifted that order which he said “returns leadership of the department back to the city and hopefully starts a new day where everyone will be treated based upon merit.”

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Pomber said police officers were judged by the color of their skin and the department back then was “a hostile working environment that was really second to none.”