KENS 5 Eyewitness News reported in early March that "two high-ranking female San Antonio Police Department officers plan to file a lawsuit against Chief William McManus." The story, posted on mysanantonio.com, reports that "attorneys for the women say they weren't considered for jobs they're well-qualified to do and that they weren't treated like other candidates." (McManus could not be reached by Blotter for comment.)
This should sound familiar to MPD observers. McManus was sued under similar circumstances by Barbara Temple, who was fired when McManus took over the Dayton, Ohio police department and promptly installed three men to serve under him on a command team. The city of Dayton settled with Temple in September for a cool $1.2 million.
In Minneapolis, McManus was sued by MPD Capt. Stacy Altonen after he demoted her in 2004. That civil rights suit was dismissed by a Hennepin County judge in September.
Four lawsuits, four women. Is McManus a misogynistic pig?
The MPD's Lt. Marie Przynski e-mails Blotter with her thoughts. "[A]s to why McManus keeps getting sued or complaints filed against him—this is my personal opinion only—is that in law enforcement... race or diversity tends to be the hot button these days, and so [police chiefs] tend to reach out to [various] ethnicities," Pryzinski writes, adding that McManus did well with minorities in Minneapolis, but may have had a blind spot toward women on the force.
Or it could be that to Bill McManus, to quote the late James Brown, policing is a man's, man's, man's world.