Attorneys for former Columbus Police Officer Alicia Davenport let a federal judge know Tuesday that their client wants the city's police chief to remain a defendant in the civil case because she feels he was the architect of her alleged discrimination.
Both sides in the discrimination and retaliation suit met for a pretrial conference before U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land, who told attorneys the trial is scheduled to begin in about two weeks. The suit, which alleges Davenport was put undercover without any police backup and retaliated against when she complained, is going forward on four of the initial 14 claims after Land dismissed 10 of them in a hearing last month.
On Tuesday, the judge questioned why the plaintiffs wanted Police Chief Ricky Boren to remain a defendant in his individual capacity.
"It's the satisfaction," said attorney Maxine Hardy. "She believes she's been wronged. She believes he's the architect."