A federal judge has thrown out a discrimination lawsuit brought by a white Louisville Metro Police Department officer who was demoted last year for using a racial epithet for Black people during a training class.
Aubrey Gregory, Jr. filed suit against the city last August, after he was demoted from the rank of major to lieutenant. Gregory claimed he was discriminated against because two Black people in the room also used the word and faced no consequences. While LMPD initially declined to say exactly what word he used in a training session for new recruits, Chief Erika Shields told Metro Council that it was the N-word.
Federal District Court Judge Claria Horn Bloom dismissed Gregory’s lawsuit late last month, saying the now-retired officer failed to prove “reverse discrimination.”
“Gregory has failed to cite to anything that suggests [Louisville officials] discriminate against the majority,” Bloom wrote.
The judge also pointed out other deficiencies in Gregory’s lawsuit: He failed to show that the other people who used the word answered to the same supervisors or were even LMPD employees, and Gregory failed to prove Louisville officials conspired to deprive him of his rights.
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SOURCE: WFPL, Roberto Roldan