N.Y. pregnant cops' trial begins


By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Staff Writer
Newsday
Copyright 2006 Newsday, Inc.

Kelly Mennella, a former Suffolk Police officer, recalled yesterday how her pregnant stomach made it impossible to wear a bulletproof vest and how it was difficult to reach for her gun - and that the police department gave her the choice of working unsafely or not working at all.

She testified during the first day of a federal trial in which she and five other women officers are suing the county police department for discrimination.

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