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East Lansing defends police handling of promotions for women

The city of East Lansing is defending its police department's handling of promotions for female officers following a lawsuit that alleges gender discrimination.

The Lansing State Journal reports, however, that the city said a captain in 2014 did motion like he was going to throw away an application he was handed by a female officer.

That application was the second time Tresha Neff applied for a promotion to lieutenant.

The city admitted to the allegation about Neff's second application in a filing Friday in federal court in Grand Rapids.

The 21-year department veteran sued the city, saying she was passed over for promotions because she is a woman. The city denies other allegations.

It's asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit and award the city costs and attorney fees.

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