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Forsyth, GA

Forsyth, GA: (Aug-22-07) Former Forsyth police officer Elijah James brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the city racially discriminated against him. The city claimed that James, a Forsyth police officer for nearly 17 years, was fired in March 2006 for insubordination when he wouldn't force a relative, who was a convicted felon on parole, to move from a building on his property. The police department had a policy prohibiting its officers from associating with known felons. The city reached a settlement with Forsyth, following which he recanted his allegations, claiming that he now believed that the issues that led to his dismissal were not racially motivated. The release also said the city will review and revise its personnel policy that led to the dispute between James and the city. Additionally, the city will revise that policy to better define felons and make it clear what contact is prohibited. Though the settlement amount was not disclosed owing to a gag order, the City Council has approved paying $69,000 in litigation fees related to the case. [THE TELEGRAPH: POLICE INSUBORDINATION]


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Published on Aug-24-07


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