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Koziol alleges pattern of civil rights abuses
Marques Phillips/Utica Daily News 03/24/2010 12:12:00 am
UTICA, March 23, 2010 -- Attorney Leon Koziol submitted the civil rights report to the Department of Justice that he promised he would. The report, which he also says was sent to the United Nations, alleges a pattern of discrimination in Utica ranging from parenting discrimination to racial injustices. "Accordingly, this report is intended to secure the involvement of the United States Justice Department in litigation and events involving victims of race and parenting discrimination in the City of Utica," it reads. THE CASES Koziol first pledged to deliver the report at a press conference on Jan. 20. During that press conference, Koziol cited the case of Casey Stuckman, a Utica man who has announced his intent to file suit over injuries he says he suffered because of a wrongful police takedown.
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Along with Stuckman's claim, Kozil also sites what he calls "suppressed prejudice inflicted upon fathers", something he says is adding to elevated crime levels and the depletion of families. Koziol also cites the case of Stephen Paterson, a former business owner who Koziol has represented in claims that police harassed and ultimately helped closed down his place of business because of the ethnic prejudice and professional grudges. Further, the report cites the lack of minority hiring in city government and the treatment of Paterson, a former codes commissioner, and former public safety commissioner Cornell Maye while they manned their respective positions within the city. Both men are black. Finally, Koziol details his own legal struggles, resulting in the suspension of his law license for non-payment of child support. He makes the case, as he has in the past, that child support is a form of parenting discrimination. The report details newspaper reports, media accounts and court findings involving the alleged victims. He also cites Justice Department intervention in the case of a gay Mohawk student who is suing the school district for discriminatory practices as well as the murder-suicide of former Utica Police Department

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officer Joseph Longo. The report uses domestic disputes involving Longo as an assertion of a pattern that domestic disputes are handled incorrectly. CIVIL RIGHTS FORUM The report also outlines cases emanating from a January forum Koziol held in Utica. He solicited civil rights complaints from the community at large and just under 100 people attended the meeting. One of the examples that came out of the forum, the report says, is that of Larry Tanoury Jr, a former Oneida County legislator who successfully sued the city in federal court as a result of his discharge from city employment. The report cites one incident of domestic violence and said other testimony was given, which the report said was recorded on a disc sent along with the report. GOING FOWARD Koziol said his goal was to draw attention to a pattern of civil rights abuses in the city, and most of the claims were levied at law enforcement. "Law enforcement is most effective, however, when trust and cooperation among the good guys prevail over the growing influence in our society," it reads. KOZIAL ATTACHED THE FOLLOWING VIDEO TO HIS REPORT IN AN E-MAIL SENT TO UTICA DAILY NEWS

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