Former Trooper Loses Discrimination Lawsuit

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Jackson, Miss.

A federal jury has ruled against a former Mississippi highway patrol trooper who claimed in a lawsuit that his firing was racially motivated.

After an approximately four-day trial last week, The Clarion-Ledger reports the U.S. District Court jury ruled Michael McField of Horn Lake didn't prove his racial discrimination claims.

Special Assistant Attorney General Malissa Wilson argued in court that the Department of Public Safety terminated McField's employment because he violated multiple departmental policies, and not because of his race.

McField was one of two troopers who spoke publicly about alleged discrimination in the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol. He was fired in July 2009 for alleged insubordination and unprofessional conduct.