Image

8:25 PM / Wednesday September 18, 2019

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

Image

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

Entertainment

‘I was stupid’: Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison for college scam

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email By COLLIN BINKLEY BOSTON (AP) — “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was sentenced...

Commentary

To Be Equal: After Labor Day – Commit to raising full-time workers out of poverty

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email By Marc H. Morial TRICEEDNEYWIRE.COM  “The strongest middle class the world has ever...

Color Of Money

Three emerging smart home trends of 2019

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you’re building a new home, you want it to be stylish,...

Health

Six keys to the best possible stroke recovery

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email Strokes change more than 795,000 lives in the United States each year.  In...

Travel

The Two Brown Crayons Tour

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Wilson Peak and the San Juan Mountains, Colorado  (Photo: Robert Cicchetti...

Go With The-Flo

Kerry Washington at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of her movie “American Son”

September 13, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Kerry Washington (Photo: Tinseltown / Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony According to...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff