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Manjit Sappal appointed chief of police

New York, Aug 20 (IANS) An Indian American has been appointed the police chief of California’s Martinez city, a media report said on Thursday.

The Martinez city council officially approved the appointment of Richmond police captain Manjit Sappal as the chief by a 5-0 vote on Wednesday.

Sappal will be paid a base salary of $175,000 a year, mercurynews.com reported.

“I am truly honoured to be considered for the position. Martinez is a great city and I appreciate the opportunity to work with the excellent Martinez Police department and serve the community,” Sappal was quoted as saying.

Sappal, who will take the charge on August 31, was among six finalists recommended by the city’s search consultant for the post.

The city council then reviewed the candidates, interviewed them and chose him as the new city chief.

“From a pool of very strong candidates we interviewed, it was clear that Captain Sappal possesses the credentials, passion and focus necessary to effectively lead our police force and continue the city’s commitment to make Martinez the best community it can be,” Martinez city Mayor Rob Schroder said.

Sappal has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career with the Pittsburg Police department as a patrol officer.

He has been serving the Richmond Police department since 1997 and currently leads the Southern Policing district of the City, the report said.

Sappal graduated from the FBI National Academy and has attended the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and holds a master’s degree in the public administration from the Golden Gate University.

Martinez city was without an acting permanent chief since Gary Peterson retired on June 2014. Captain Eric Ghisletta served as the interim chief thereafter.

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Opening a new front in the civil rights campaign in the US, California has filed a case against technology company Cisco alleging discrimination against a Dalit employee. Amid the national protests against racial discrimination, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed the case on Monday in a federal court in the Silicon Valley naming the company and two former managers as defendants seeking to bring caste discrimination under the umbrella of unlawful discrimination banned by civil rights legislation enacted in 1964 that does not specify caste. The landmark federal Civil Rights Law specifies only race, color, religion, sex and national origin. DFEH alleged that “managers at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters campus, which employs a predominantly South Asian workforce, harassed, discriminated, and retaliated against an engineer because he is Dalit Indian.” The court papers seen by IANS said that the Dalit employee’s team was made up entirely of “higher caste” Indians who came to the US as adults and “imported the discriminatory (caste) system’s practices into their team and Cisco’s workplace”. The Dalit employee and the manager who supervised him are both IIT graduates who attended it at the same time, the complaint said, without specifying the institution. In addition to Cisco, court documents list Sundar Iyer, a “distinguished engineer at Cisco,” and Ramana Kompella as defendants in the case. The person allegedly discriminated against is described as a principal engineer but is not named and is shown in court documents as “John Doe,” a pseudonym used in the US legal system to protect identities or when a person’s identity is not known. The complaint said that Iyer told others in the company that the person allegedly discriminated against was a member of the scheduled caste and when he confronted the supervisor and complained to the human resources the supervisor and complained to the human resources department, a series of retaliation occurred. Full report on our website. Link in bio. #race #casteism #discrimination #color #cisco #california #dalitlivesmatter #dalit

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