The Pine Bluff, Ark., City Council has agreed to a $500,000 settlement of a former police officer’s racial discrimination lawsuit and will reinstate him.
The agreement was approved on a 7-1 vote Mar. 1. It comes after former Sgt. Kelven Hadley won a federal lawsuit against the city in which he claimed race was a motivating factor for him being fired in December 2005.
The jury in the case had awarded Hadley nearly $638,000. That verdict and the lawsuit will be dismissed as part of the settlement.
The city and the Arkansas Municipal League’s legal defense fund will each pay $250,000 in the settlement.
Officials say Hadley will be reinstated as a police sergeant as early as next week
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