Jewish police officer wins $540,000 after Sergeant called him a bloodsucking parasite and a f***ing Jew boyBy Mason White 3:01 PM July 30, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A police sergeant in Chicago, Illinois, landed in hot water after calling a Jewish police officer a bloodsucking parasite and a f***ing Jew boy, according to court documents.
On Monday, a federal jury awarded $540,000 to Officer Detlef Sommerfield, who was supervised by Police Sgt. Lawrence C. Knasiak.
The officer sued the city and his former boss, accusing Knasiak of teasing him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks. Sommerfield was also greeted with a Nazi salute, according to the complaint.
On several occasions, Knasiak showed a swastika logo to Sommerfield, a German Jew who lost family in the Holocaust. Knasiak shouted these hurtful slogans in front of other sergeants, lieutenants and captains standing next to him.
It didn’t happen just once or twice, but regularly, and no one told him to stop.