White Police Officer Wins $2 Million in Discrimination Suit

Posted November 5, 2012 in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by

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A white police officer won $2 million in a federal lawsuit against the city of Ithaca, N.Y. for race discrimination.

Christopher Miller claimed he was denied promotions because he was white and that the city promotes based on race. He also claimed his work assignments were changed as retaliation after he filed human rights complaints.

An attorney for the city, Arch Stokes of Stokes, Roberts & Wagner, called the claims ridiculous and told the jury that Miller abused his power as a police officer and never took accountability for his actions. He also told the jurors that if they believed Miller, it meant that all of the police officers who had testified against Miller had lied.

Attorney Arch Stokes

But an all-white jury agreed with Miller’s allegations; they awarded him $2 million instead of the $19 million he sought in the federal lawsuit.

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