GLENDALE— A federal judge has narrowed the scope of a lawsuit filed by five Glendale police officers who alleged discrimination and harassment due to their ethnic backgrounds.
After reviewing arguments and a motion by the city to dismiss the case, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Synder on Friday dismissed at least two dozen defendants from the lawsuit because the allegations against them weren't sufficiently severe, according to federal court records.
City officials hailed the ruling as indicative of the weak case against the Police Department.
"This ruling comes very early in the defense of this lawsuit," Police Chief Ron De Pompa said in a statement released Wednesday. "While the lawsuit is not over, the judge has substantially narrowed its scope and reduced the number of defendants. We will vigorously defend against the remaining allegations, which we believe are baseless."