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Andrew McBride Discusses Representation of Former Pocomoke City Police Chief

The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press
August 5, 2015

Andrew G. McBride, chair of Wiley Rein’s Communications Appellate & Litigation Practice, spoke with The New York Times for an August 2 article about his representation of Kelvin Sewell, former police chief of Pocomoke City, Maryland.

Wiley Rein joined with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) to represent Mr. Sewell after his unlawful dismissal from his position on June 29.

Mr. McBride told the Times that Mr. Sewell was terminated after refusing to fire two black police officers who had filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging racial harassment. Mr. McBride and the WLC also represent the two officers, who remain on the police force.

Mr. McBride also recently spoke with The Washington Post about Mr. Sewell’s case. “This is one of the most egregious cases of primary racial discrimination and retaliation for assertion of rights before the EEOC that I’ve seen,” he told the Post. “Chief Sewell has a fantastic record as a police officer. He was terminated because he stood up for two African American officers who filed an EEOC complaint.”

In an Associated Press story about an August 3 City Council meeting, residents shared their frustrations and concerns over Mr. Sewell’s departure. Mr. McBride noted that while city officials viewed the two officers Mr. Sewell refused to fire as “troublemakers,” the racial discrimination the officers experienced was “extensive” with no resulting discipline from leaders in the police department.

To read the New York Times article, click here. To read the Washington Post article,  click here. To read the AP story, click here.