Cop with HIV wants hearing on application to APD

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January 25, 2012

"A man may get to argue in court that the Atlanta Police Department rejected his application to join the force only because he has HIV.

"'How can we not remand this' back to the federal trial court? Judge J.L. Edmondson of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday after hearing from attorneys for less than 45 minutes.

"...Roe’s attorney, Scott Schoettes, said the city's decision was made based only on the one blood test and there was no follow-up to determine whether Roe’s HIV status did, in fact, pose a danger to the public.

"Schoettes, an attorney with the gay rights group Lambda Legal, said the medical report included 'no mention of his ability to pass an agility test or high blood pressure or diabetes.'"

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