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Freeport cop sues village over demotion

Police officer Debbie Zagaja is filing a suit

Police officer Debbie Zagaja is filing a suit against Freeport. (Aug. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Sally Morrow

A Freeport police official demoted this year from the department's No. 3 post sued the village Wednesday, claiming village officials discriminated against her because she is a white female.

The lawsuit, filed in Central Islip federal court, said 24-year veteran Debbie Zagaja was passed over for promotion and demoted from deputy chief to lieutenant in March because of Mayor Andrew Hardwick's "racist and bigoted agenda."

 >> Read Laura Rivera's full story

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