Eastchester police officer sues town, police chief, lieutenant over alleged discrimination
A Hispanic police officer is suing the town of Eastchester, its police chief and a lieutenant, alleging that he faced discrimination for being "Yonkers ghetto."
The officer spoke exclusively with News 12 about years of alleged harassment and unfair treatment.
Being from Yonkers brings pride to Anthony Barberan.
"It's where I grew up, it's where my family grew up its a community of all kinds of people who come together and be one," he says. "I love that about Yonkers."
But the Eastchester police officer says his connection to a racially diverse neighborhood has led to years of discrimination and harassment at the Eastchester Police Department.
"I'm told that I speak street, like talking ghetto," Barberan says. "My entire career there has been nothing but abuse."
The nine-year department veteran filed the lawsuit last week against the town of Eastchester, police chief and a lieutenant.
It alleges the half-Ecuadorian officer was disciplined for not meeting ticket quotas, passed over for promotions and harassed for "failing to conform to racial stereotypes."
Barberan says a lieutenant allegedly told him: "This is my town, this is how I want my officers to be, and you're not going to be a Yonkers street cop - it's not going to happen here."
Officer Barberan was put on paid administrative leave in January for allegedly making an "unlawful arrest," which his attorney believes was retaliation for filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Tuesday is the next Eastchester Town board meeting, and dozens of people are expected to rally in support of Officer Barberan.
News 12 reached out to the Town of Eastchester, its police chief and town attorney for comment, but has not heard back.