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Declining Economy No Reason To Extend Fire Department’s Consent Decree

The Cleveland Fire Department entered into a racial discrimination consent decree in the 1970s, when blacks accounted for four percent of the firefighters in the Department, but consisted of 40 percent of the population living in the city. The consent decree set as a goal a fire department with a 33 1/3 percent minority makeup. In 2000, a federal court judge found that 26 percent of the City’s firefighters…

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