Image

5:34 PM / Saturday February 4, 2023

10 May 2019

Dorney Park settles racial profiling suit filed by teacher

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 10, 2019 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Dorney Park (Photo: Shutterstock)

Associated Press

A Pennsylvania amusement park has settled a lawsuit filed by a Black Philadelphia man who said security officers racially profiled him, saying he matched the description of a pickpocket, then escorted him out even after it was determined he wasn’t the suspect.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom’s parent company settled the suit for an undisclosed amount, the Allentown Morning Call reported.

The lawsuit was filed in June on behalf of Benjamin Slater, a special-education teacher from the city’s East Mount Airy section.

A letter from Slater’s attorney to U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin in February indicated Slater had sought $1 million but was willing to settle for $500,000.

A spokeswoman for Dorney Park said the company wouldn’t comment on the settlement.

Slater told The Inquirer last year that he was approached by a security officer after getting off a roller-coaster and was asked to empty his pockets.

After he did so, Slater said, the officer told him he resembled someone who had been going through purses and bags, and he was later escorted out and banned from the park for six months.

Dorney Park, about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, is owned by Cedar Fair, based in Sandusky, Ohio.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Local

Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson releases statement in response to Philadelphia Water Department’s proposed rate increases  

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Katherine Gilmore Richardson (Photo/PHL City Council) Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At-Large)...

Entertainment

Philly Cultural Beat – February 2023

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Gregory Porter (Photos courtesy: Philly Cultural Beat) By Steve Bryant February’s...

Go With The-Flo

Priceless will sing in the Roz Live musical tribute “GLADYS” at 54 Below in New York City

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Priceless Photo courtesy:  Priceless By Flo Anthony Following her $24 million...

Oasis

cj speaks…  Waiting on the Lord

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email No matter what is going on in your life, you rise to the...

Health

Are you ready to prioritize your health goals?

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia. BPT The beginning of a new year...

Food And Beverage

Gift decadence during this season of love

February 3, 2023

Tweet Share Pin Email FAMILY FEATURES Valentine’s Day may traditionally be a lovers’ holiday, but it’s also...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff