Federal Jury Awards Black Columbus Police Lieutenant $2 In Racial Discrimination Case

A federal jury has awarded Columbus police Lt. Melissa McFadden $2 for being the subject of racial discrimination and retaliation by the Division of Police following a trial nearly four years in the making. 

McFadden, who is Black, had filed a civil rights lawsuit in June 2018 against the city of Columbus. The trial began on June 6 and lasted four days, ending with the jury’s verdict on Monday afternoon. 

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