GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Greenfield Police officer has won a lawsuit against the City of Greenfield for racial discrimination.
According to court documents, a Hampshire County Superior court special jury on Friday found that Chief Robert Haigh Jr. and the Greenfield Police Department denied former officer Patrick Buchanan a promotion because of his race. Buchanan was the only black officer at the time.
The jury also found that the 3-day suspension he received as a result of a 2015 internal investigation was also racially motivated.
Buchanan was awarded $92,930 in lost back wages and $350,000 for emotional distress. He was denied punitive damages.
Read the Special Jury Verdict here: