Local personal injury attorney Bob Kerrigan made the following statement in his March 8, 2016 "Bowling News" alluding to a suit filed by African American fire fighters against the City of Pensacola surrounding former racism in the Pensacola Fire Department:
He was asked about an employee who sued the city, who is now suspended, previously costing the city thousands. He said that although the employee lost the prior suit and the city had to pay thousands in lawyers’ fees, he encouraged other employees to file frivolous suits because that allowed him to support them when they lost, which is what good leaders do.
From: Bob Kerrigan [mailto:email@example.com]
To: Ashton Hayward
Subject: RE: Class Against Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Pensacola
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 9:02 AM
To: Bob Kerrigan
Subject: Fwd: Class Against Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Pensacola
Did the Citizen's elect you as Mayor Bob???
From where you sit, you must choose to ignore this truth about the past in our community.
The firefighters that stood up to the racial discrimination in our PFD did so to make sure the black men and women to follow them as our City's public safety officers would NEVER have to face these issues again. They have made a difference in their department and change has occurred because of their courage.
Can you imagine a picture of frivolous?
I can! Notice who is in the background!