A New York police officer was awarded $1.35 million dollars this week after he successfully sued the village of Freeport, alleging he was passed over for a promotion because of his race.

A Long Island jury sided with Lt. Christopher Barrella after he claimed that then-Mayor Andrew Hardwick overlooked him to become chief of police so that he could name a Hispanic candidate to the position instead.


His legal team, comprised of Amanda M. Fugazy and Adam C. Weiss, said that “racial discrimination against white employees is just as unlawful as discrimination black, Hispanic or Asian employees.”


Barella’s legal team presented evidence showing that Hardwick moved to change rules to allow Miguel Bermudez, at the time an Hispanic lieutenant, to apply for the chief position. Bermudez at the time did not have enough time in grade as a lieutenant to apply for the position.

Fugazy and Weiss argued that their client had a superior resume, noting that he scored first on the chief’s civil service exam, while Bermudez placed third, and had spent more years as a lieutenant, held a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration, and had undergone special training at the FBI academy. By comparison, Bermudez only held a high school diploma.

A Freeport representative did not respond to a request for comment from The Blaze Thursday, but the release issued by Barrella’s legal team said they had tried to argue no racial discrimination had occurred because Bermudez is a “white Hispanic.”

“This argument was undercut by the fact that Hardwick, according to several witnesses, referred to Bermudez as Freeport’s ‘first Hispanic police chief’ on numerous occasions and also made other racially based statements,” the release said.


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  • MekongDelta69

    The AmRen good news article of the week…

    • Oil Can Harry

      Amren runs one good news article a week to keep us from booking an appointment with Dr. Kervorkian. 🙂

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Turn the enemies own weapons against them.


  • HJ11

    Yea! They picked on the Wrong White, perhaps thinking he would be one of the weak seed Whites who would simply remain silent and not want to raise a stink.

    More Whites need to speak out when they are discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

    • LHathaway

      Unfortunately, the vast majority of whites don’t say anything, and even find themselves often apologizing for white ‘racism’. Also unfortunately, it’s possible the vast majority of whites are victims of racism.

      • TruthBeTold

        This guy had a solid case. Sometimes the evident isn’t as clear in court. Believing you were discriminated against and proving it isn’t always easy.

        But if you have the facts on your side, you should fight.

      • me

        Not only possible that Whites are a victim of racism, but it happens every day. South Africa, here we come–if we don’t start hitting back HARD and OFTEN. Nationalism, with strong emphasis on tribalism, is our only hope…

      • Who Me?

        The only reason this guy won the case is because the supervisor who passed him over clearly overreached. In less egregious cases, the White person never wins. They’ll let this one stand, and point to it for the next 15 years and say, “see, the law applies equally to everyone, Here’s the proof…”

    • TruthBeTold

      If you don’t fight you lose. If you fight and win, you can take them down.

    • Laura Dilworth

      the village is appealing

      • AndrewInterrupted

        And the village may win.

        When it comes to the EEOC/DOJ, the devil is in the details.

        They will start throwing around terms like ‘disparate impact’–and Katy bar the door. Here comes the quota concession.

        • Laura Dilworth


      • HJ11

        I haven’t read the appeal,but this was expected. It’s worth a throw of the dice on the part of the village when there is such a large judgment. If not affirmed, the next likeliest result will be a reduction in the award, but this depends on how the original award amount was calculated.

        • Laura Dilworth

          appeals are hard to win, i think

  • JSS

    My Grandmothers mother was half Cherokee. I’m going to start seeing if I can get in on the AA gravy train by claiming Im an “Indian” White or some such nonsense.

    • Luca

      Check with Elizabeth Warren, she is an expert in that field. Just “assuming” she was a fraction Cherokee was enough for her to use it as an Affirmative action tool throughout her life.

      • JSS

        Right you are Luca I had forgotten about her. I was hoping I was going to be the pioneer of some new grievance category and gather millions in ill gotten shekels in the process but sadly I have been beaten to it.

      • gemjunior

        I think she was 1/16th Indian, so you are twice the Indian she is. Unbelievable that a proper Indian didn’t laugh in her face and ban her from the tribal council. Maybe they are waiting to get something out of her.

        • Pro_Whitey

          There is no evidence that Elizabeth Warren is any part Indian at all. Even what was purported to be evidence turned out not to be. It’s all family lore The evidence appears to show instead that one of her great-grandfathers shot to death a drunk Indian who was attacking his son, and an earlier ancestor helped round up the Cherokees to force them to Oklahoma. However, what took place with her was not fraud but collusion. The Ivy League law schools where she was hired wanted her husband, but having a blonde, blue-eyed woman who claimed to be part Cherokee was a great help in pumping diversity figures. In that situation, they were not keen on having to back up her claims with evidence.

        • curmudgeon

          I believe her only ‘proof’ is her high cheek bones. She is as much a native American as professor Wade Churchill formerly of C.U.

          • ElComadreja

            She was challenged to take a DNA test and declined. I also believe she claimed to be 1/32 not 1/16 Indian. Being 1/32 or even 1/16 anything is not being it at all (negro being the exception. It still shows). They don’t call her Fauxcahontas for nothing.

    • r j p

      Since I don’t know my maternal grandmother’s mother’s last name, I am pretty she was from northern Spain which males me Hispanic.

      • borogirl54

        What is weird about Hispanics is that only people from Latin America and the Caribbean qualify to be Hispanic. Spaniards do not because they are European.

        • r j p

          Still screwed then, I guess, because I am not saying my great grandmother was a squat monster.

        • IstvanIN

          Actually not true. Spaniards count.

        • FR27

          Spaniards count as ‘Hispanic.’ Brazilians and people from the non-Spanish Caribbean do not because they do not come from a Spanish-speaking culture.

          It’s more properly a linguistic category. A Nordic Argentine of 100% German ancestry qualifies as ‘Hispanic.’ So does the Japanese-Latin American Alberto Fujimori.

          • r j p

            Ah ….. so my father could still be pure German yet hispanic, a child of a family that left Germany for Argentina to escape prosecution after WWII …. uh on second thought that might not sound so good.

          • bilderbuster

            Maybe but they live there and have jobs and don’t call themselves Hispanic.
            They refer to themselves as Argentinians with German ancestory.

      • TruthBeTold

        Our common council passed a rule giving Hispanics extra points for being Hispanics when applying for promotions in the police department.

        Some Irish cop made the claim that his great great grandfather was Spanish and he got the promotion.

        Hispanics were livid. Basically they said, ‘that’s not what we meant’. Meaning, they wanted the rule to apply only to them, not Irish cops with generations old Spanish blood.

      • benvad

        You can call yourself a mestizo.

    • borogirl54

      Better yet, see if you can join the Cherokee Nation. If anybody challenged you, you could show them your tribal membership card.

    • Sick of it

      They require proof that you’re 1/8th or more.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Elizabeth Warren didn’t have to. <;-D
        Oh, she's a Lib; rules don't apply to them.

    • Johnny Clay

      I’ve added American Indian to my demographic on the federal jobs website.

      • ElComadreja

        Native American is a perfectly valid description of anyone born on American soil.

    • Who Me?

      My maternal grandmother was half Choctaw Indian. She never registered in the tribe, although her mother registered her birth. She never got subsidies and I probably *could* get some sort of money. My cousin and I talked it over a couple years ago. We could easily prove the bloodline, but we decided not to go there for several reasons. First of all because I think we would have to relocate to the Choctaw reservation in Mississippi, and second, my looks. I have (or had) bright red hair, blue eyes and very pale skin, I would have to have all sorts of DNA tests and everything else just to try and prove I really am part Amerindian and get something I am not really entitled to. (I didn’t earn it, buy it or build it, so it’s not mine)

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I HOPE this is a sign of the times. It’s going to get pretty ugly when white people finally start fighting back. The only way the current tyranny can continue to exist–and the liberals know it–is that the vast majority of whites just meekly acquiesce to it. When whites finally get fed up, the whole house of cards collapses overnight. That’s why the libs know they have to enforce the current orthodoxy with an iron fist.

  • Berkeley Guy

    Hurrah for Lt. Barrella. I am glad justice was served.

  • dd121

    I’m glad the discrimination sword is starting to cut both ways.

    • Publius Pompilius Quitus

      In the future, there won’t be many Whites on juries, so I’m afraid this ‘sword’ will be short lived.

      • Sick of it

        Which would make it a good time to use a literal sword.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          It’s going to come to that, it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when and what will provoke whites to wield weapons against their enemies.

  • Truthseeker

    Fugazy and Weiss argued that their client had a superior resume, noting
    that he scored first on the chief’s civil service exam, while Bermudez
    placed third, and had spent more years as a lieutenant, held a law
    degree and a master’s degree in public administration, and had undergone
    special training at the FBI academy. By comparison, Bermudez only held a
    high school diploma.

    Holy cow. That’s pretty egregious. It’s good to know that (for now), there are enough fair-minded people that Lt. Barrella could win his case. If Whites were reduced to a small minority though, I wouldn’t like his chances.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Believe it or not, the EEOC literally removed the “most qualified” metric from the American employment lexicon. Now there is only “qualified” and “unqualified”. This was done to move more diversity darlings past whites. “Most qualified” kept coming up white. Can’t have that. The only thing that will save this guy on appeal is if NY State law has some stipulation that his legal team can exploit. Otherwise he will lose. The corrupt mayor lowered the tenure requirement to meet “qualified”. Bermudez does not have to be “most qualified”.

  • The courts allow the oppressed white man a once in a while victory just to keep the illusion alive that the country is still a nation of laws. It’s not. This decision could be overturned by a higher court. Futhermore, don’t expect any future victories based on this precedent.

    As we know, judges make up rights all the time, such as the right of two men to get married. They also ignore the law in making decisions because the law is subject to so many interpretations. Obamacare mandate a tax? Nope, but that wacko decision tells you what you need to know.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      There can be no justice where there is multiculturalism and massive third world immigration. Let’s hope white people wake up before the invaders become too strong. All that’s required is a nationwide show of force and the mass immigration, multiculturalism regime in Washington will come crashing to the ground.

      • benvad

        How do we get that done?

      • kikz2

        tx can’t even get gov goodhair to call in the natl guard to stem/stop the inflow of illegals (children) presently threatening to overrun the corrupt border patrol……………………………. wtf are they? gee, guess they’re all overseas guarding some f*kin poppy field……………….

    • Katherine McChesney

      I’m grateful for this win. It gives me hope that more Whites will sue for discrimination.
      Whites are waking up and demanding their rights be protected.

      • I spent $200,000 on lawyer fees and lost, final dismissal without a trial a few months ago. I’m not optimistic about the law. The lawyers who wouldn’t take my case told me that 90 percent are dismissed before trial, with most of the rest resulting in losses for the plaintiff. Now, I’m being forced to offer $100,000 in reward money for the beaners who fired me. They’re pedophiles, Satanists, rapists, and Mexican supremacists. I have circumstantial evidence of that. I’ll never give up, no matter if all my retirement money is blown on rewards. They need to be in prison. I won’t go into how they tried to have me killed.

        • me

          Amerika has been fundamentally transformed. The USA of our childhood doesn’t exist anymore, because of brain dead Whites, Baby Boomer scum, women’s ‘liberation’, Mestizo invasion, the Satanic religions posing as ‘Christian’, corporate greed, communist infiltration, ‘media’ propaganda, whoring politicians, banking piracy, and the ‘ones that can’t be named or criticized’. BE CAREFUL! Post the details of whatever evil blackness has happened to you on your blog. I’d like to read it. Write it as ‘fiction’, so you don’t get in more ‘trouble’ because you’re a righteous White man. Use coded names in a cypher, so that we can know who the evil b-tards are.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Many white men wannabees are too concerned about disturbing their 401K’s to rise up. They are dooming their children and grandchildren.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            They won’t have to worry about that anymore when the economy implodes completely and their money’s worthless. THEN they are going to be leading the charge in the streets.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I know a couple recently retired guys who just sit in their apartments in their underwear counting their 401K money. They rarely even watch the news, have no clue of what’s going on around them.

  • Martel

    To all amren readers, please do not call it ”reverse discrimination”. This verifies the myth that discrimination is generally by whites against minorities.

  • I wish they would stop using the term “reverse discrimination.”

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Dispossession, marginalization and oppression do describe the discrimination against whites.

  • Adolf Verloc

    “. . .a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration, and had undergone special training at the FBI academy.” How many cops in the entire country would have those kinds of qualifications. Good for him.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Mayor Hardwick is a white hating negro who thought he would get away with it, but he didn’t. I’m as surprised about it as he is. Yaay! Score one righteous victory for whitey!

  • JohnEngelman


  • NoMosqueHere

    The trial took place in the EDNY Islip, Long Island courthouse, and the jurors were probably mostly white, Long Island residents, many of whom vote republican. Had the trial been in Brooklyn, where the other EDNY courthouse is located, the jury would have consisted of blacks, hispanics, self hating PC whites, and crazy jews, who vote democrat.

  • LHathaway

    Isn’t the term ‘reverse discrimination’ offensive to whites?

    • Malgus


      I’ve always had a problem with the term “reverse discrimination”, as if whites were the only ones capable or actively discriminating against anyone… the negroes and hispanics, IMHO, are way way more discriminating than we are… they just don’t get called on it because apparently only Evil Whitey can be “rayciss”…

    • ElComadreja

      There is only discrimination. More liberal word games.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Yes, that is a boiler plate liberal talking point. You are speaking of the: “There is no reverse discrimination, there is only discrimination”.

        That’s the first piece of BS out of any EEOC employee’s mouth. Same for anti-white hate groups like the OFCCP, DOL, DOJ, etc. A big lie.

  • Sue

    So the officer gets a settlement which he deserves and the “Hispanic” keeps the job he doesn’t deserve. How is this fair? Barrella should get the job he is qualified for.

    • JDInSanD

      And the settlement is paid by white taxpayers.

      • r j p

        Maybe all public employees should be required to have D&O insurance.

  • TL2014

    Fascinating how the “White Hispanic” category always seems to reappear at the right moment for idiot leftists.

  • Sick of it

    In my local area, little old Northern Louisiana, there are police departments which require officers to have a COLLEGE DEGREE. Not the chief, not a lieutenant, but ALL officers on the force. They bumped up this ignorant Hispanic who probably barely passed high school…and we’re the backward folk?


    What gets me is how do they get away with being blatantly discriminatory against Whites right out in the open from the very beginning. Like with the firefighters all across the country having to retake fire exams over and over because not enough black people got passing grades. In other words, too many White people did get passing grades and their stated goal is less Whites and more anything else. I mean that is so blatant, why are these cases never drug into court and won like this?

    Am I missing something in those cases or what? Cause I’m pretty sure if black firefighters were made to retake exam after exam until less blacks, and more Whites passed. Especially with that being the openly stated goal, you would see those cases sail through court with blatant discrimination proven and settled in a matter of hours. No doubt leaving the black firefighters newly found wealthy men, and rightfully so, but not for Whites though. Nope! How is that possible? Am I missing something?

    • me

      ‘The ones that can’t be named’ have a disproportionate number of their group in the ‘judiciary’ system, and in politics. Lawyers, judges, etc. Look at the ‘Supreme Court’. THAT’S how it happened. No mystery here, Scooby Doo.

      • kikz2

        barbarians in the gate…………………………….

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Hillary Clinton’s mentor. She did her Wellesley thesis on Alinsky.

        • kikz2

          wow.. had no idea.. despise her. sounds about right…

          hubby is a fabian/roundtable/rhodes….. ever look’d at the fabian crest? a literal wolf draped in sheep’s skin. their motto amounts to ‘long con’.

  • Da Troof

    Use their own weapons against them. White people need to tie up the courts with these types of lawsuits, frivolous and not.

    • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

      Get a good jew lawyer and you’re all set.

      • benvad

        Archie Bunker couldn’t have said it better.

  • RHG

    If any of you all have ever watched the TV real crime show “48 hrs” and have ever seen the homocide detectives from the Miami PD you will notice that they are almost all exclusively “hispanic”. I think this is the same little game they play there to justify this, they just label them “white hispanics” for statistical purposes knowing they aren’t anglo’s though.

  • TruthBeTold

    Fugazy and Weiss argued that their client had a superior resume, noting
    that he scored first on the chief’s civil service exam, while Bermudez
    placed third, and had spent more years as a lieutenant, held a law
    degree and a master’s degree in public administration, and had undergone
    special training at the FBI academy. By comparison, Bermudez only held a
    high school diploma.

    Who needs experience and book learnin’ when you’re a minority? Am I right?

    • benvad

      Also know as Caucasian voodoo.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    It gives me a creamy sense of schadenfruede when the laws enacted to strip us of our rights is being turned against the ones who enacted them in the first place.

  • Medizin

    Mayor Andrew Hardwick is black. What does that tell us? No White Chief of Police if he can help it…he tried and lost.

  • JDInSanD

    Years ago a mexican male got the nod for San Diego’s first hispanic police chief. Hooray for diversity, right? Nope. A black female thought it was definitely hers. She tried to play the race card but didn’t get far. The next two chiefs have been white males, one of whom became mayor.

  • Mrfinoni

    suing is generally not the way most Whites respond. Whites generally accept discrimination with grace. The good news is that Whites are fighting back properly. One cannot argue with actual meritocratic results and experience. Beat them in the courts.

  • Wholly Unconvinced

    Just as a little background, Freeport is one of the “used to be” white small towns of Long island which has, in the past 50 years or so, turned massively hispanic, with a fair bit of black. Long island is filled with these little pockets of blight, and if you keep your eyes open driving down certain roads, you can watch as the residential areas turn from green anmayord manicured to brown, dead grass, trash strewn lawns with security fences here and there. The general disrepair, empty homes, and such steadily increasing as you approach the center of the social construct.

    Its an interesting way to see the disease spreading on a smaller scale, little patches of cancer eating away at the boundaries where it meets healthy tissue, the decay starting to form, and then suddenly the dead tissue is everywhere, and all you see are baggy pants and smashed 40’s strewn about.

    But again, the motivation for the discrimination against the white officer, and probably why they thought they could get away with it is the massive presence of legal and illegal hispanics living in freeport, i’d say this was a fairly obvious attempt to buy votes for the mayor, showing that he’d be more than happy to give the local la raza special treatment

    • benvad

      Like an invasion of locusts.

  • Earl Turner

    The scant few cases like this we see in the media are just the token stories that the powers that be allow the public to hear. There are plenty more cases just like this and whites are winning. They’re winning when the jury returns a verdict in their favor. They’re winning when the government or private employer settles out of court. They’re winning when the discriminator offers up a payment before the suit can even be filed. Keep fighting!

    • tetrapod

      We win as long as the jury pool has enough whites. How will we fare when everyone on the jury is a person of “collah”? That’s the whole point of our diminishing demographics. Who will stand on principle to assure our rights when our ” peers” consist of those who hold historical grudges against us?

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I’ve taken a completely opposite view. Scroll up.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I was so happy about this however, I thought the Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action is unconstitutional.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      No, Griggs v. Duke Power in 1971 made (demographic) quotas legal. Nothing has reversed that. For every case like this, a thousand don’t get prosecuted. This is a one in a thousand PR stunt by the grievance industry occupation government.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    After this $1.35 million award, Bill de Blasio will see the Freeport headline as an opportunity to give non-whites in NYC a $100 million award in reparations, like with that NYC Fire Department fiasco.

    To compensate them for any micro-aggressions that may have occurred.

    That award of $1.35 million wouldn’t even qualify as pocket change for that hustler, Jesse Jackson.

    • AndrewInterrupted

  • AndrewInterrupted

    That town has a very high Black % I noticed. Over 30%.

  • Garrett Brown

    What’s terrifying is that we are still 63% of the population, yet are already being discriminated against like a minority group that would make up only 5%. This is definitely inspiring news though. And much respect to that judge for being what he’s supposed to be, JUST.

  • “[Lt. Christopher Barrella] scored first on the chief’s civil service exam, while Bermudez placed third, and had spent more years as a lieutenant, held a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration, and had undergone special training at the FBI academy. By comparison, Bermudez only held a high school diploma.”

    So comically mismatched, demonstrating that our open-borders overlords no longer think it is necessary to even put up the pretense of being fair in their gleeful headlong dispossession of Whites.

  • Sick of it

    Most Indians don’t participate in their ancestral culture these days. Even those that do don’t actually live the way their ancestors did.

  • wildfirexx

    If that were the case, the black youth would be rioting in the streets.
    And the fear of blacks rioting, has the white elite shaking in their boots!

  • With a $1.35 million judgement, now Mr. Barralla doesn’t need to work. Doubtless the taxpayers in Freeport are delighted.

    I wish someone would pay me that much to go on vacation for the rest of my life.