Retired Michigan State Police lieutenant, now a lieutentant with the Livingston County Sherriff, Thomas Cremonte is an outspoken supporter of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI).
Cremonte, 53, says he was repeatedly passed over for promotions because of unfair policies and practices that favored women and minorities.
During some of that time, the State Police had a promotion system called augmentation that allowed it to include minorities and women with test scores in a second tier while considering white males only in the top one.
Cremonte sued the state, saying he was a victim of reverse discrimination. A Livingston County jury awarded him $850,000 in 1996.
The Court of Appeals overturned the judgment, and he ended up settling the case for $295,000 rather than pursue another trial.
The State Police has changed its promotional policies several times and no longer uses augmentation.
The State Police may have abandoned its “augmentation” policy, but that policy is alive and well in Michigan universities, even if it now hides under the label of “diversity.”