Shomari Saeed, a fifteen (15) year Investigator at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department is an African-American Muslim Male, who has been subje cted to discrimination as a result of his race, color, creed, religion and perceived sexual orientation, while employed at the Jail. Immediately after exercising his right to lodge a complaint regarding such discrimination in 2008, Shomari Saeed became the target of numerous retaliatory acts. These actions by superior Officers and Policy Makers at the Jail are just part of the wave of actions committed by Nassau in violation of a 1998 Consent Order entered into as a response to allegations that minority Officers at the Jail were subjected to more stringent disciplinary measures than their non-minority counterparts. The clear violations against Mr. Saeed, minority Officers, and employees who associate with minority Officers, are being done with open impunity to the terms to which the Sheriff’s Department agreed in 1998.
As a part of the pending federal lawsuit, Saeed v. County of Nassau, et al. in the Eastern District of New York, Shomari Saeed will file a further Notice of Claim against the County of Nassau for its most recent and egregious discriminatory and retaliatory acts.
“We can no longer allow these violations of rights and agreements to go unchecked” said Frederick K. Brewington, Esq., one of the Attorneys for Shomari Saeed. Nassau’s discriminatory and retaliatory actions not only continue to compromise his safety and well-being at the Jail, but appear to be geared at pushing Shomari Saeed out of his Position.
A Press Conference will be held on April 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. on the South Side steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, N.Y. to address Nassau County’s continuous violations of Shomari Saeed’s rights and the continuous violation of the 1998 Federal Consent Decree and to demand full public disclosure about exactly what Nassau County is doing to address the storm of discriminatory and retaliatory actions by Nassau County Correctional Officers against Shomari Saeed.
We are calling upon the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation of the corrupt and discriminating conditions facing minority Officers at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department.
On Monday, April 5, 2010, at 2 p.m., Shomari Saeed and his attorneys, 100 Black Men in Law Enforcement Who Care, the Nassau County Sheriff Guardians, Inc., NAACP and others, will be present and announce the taking of action to call Nassau County, the Correctional Center and others to account for their failure to correct the numerous violations of the laws of the State of New York, federal laws and the 1998 Court Ordered Federal Consent Decree.