Modesto Latino discrimination lawsuit can proceed

May 05, 2010
Latino residents in south and west Modesto will get another chance in court to force the city and Stanislaus County to improve municipal services in their neighborhoods.
     Judges at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal this week declined to throw out a lawsuit that charges the city and county discriminate against the neighborhoods, leaving the government agencies to answer for:
     Comparably slow law enforcement response times in the Latino neighborhoods. It takes longer for a regional dispatch agency to steer an emergency responder to those neighborhoods than it takes to direct an officer to mostly white neighborhoods, according to data from 2004.