Sgt. Cleon Brown, of Hastings Police, reportedly settled a lawsuit with the city after he claimed that his colleagues taunted him after a genetic ancestry test revealed that he was part black.
A white police officer in Hastings, Michigan has reportedly settled a lawsuit with the city after he claimed that his colleagues taunted him after a genetic ancestry test revealed that he was part black.
Sgt. Cleon Brown, of the Hastings Police department, will receive $ 65,000 from the city’s insurer, MLive reported Tuesday. He sought at least $500,000 in the lawsuit.
Brown will remain on paid administrative leave, as he doesn’t find full-time work faster, to Oct. 31, at which point he will retire, MLive reported.
Brown told Fox 2 last year, that his father, with dark skin and dark curly hair, had always told him he was Native American. It led to an interest in a genetic test with Ancestry.com that revealed that he is the 18-to 33 perecent “of sub-Saharan Africa.”
“I was shocked, but I am very proud of,” he said. “But perhaps it would be a whole lot of my questions.”
Brown, a soldier who served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War, said that after the disclosure of the results to colleagues, he was ridiculed and called derogatory names.
The law enforcement veteran of more than 20 years, charged in his lawsuit that a number of members of the department, whispered, “Black Lives Matter” while pumping their fists. Brown said that a fellow sergeant with a black Santa statuette that had “18%” written on the beard in his Christmas stocking on the drive.
The head of the police, according to Brown, called him “Kunta,” in a clear reference to an African slave character in the book “Roots.”
“And it made me so angry,” Brown told the news station. “I remember saying to the captain,” I can’t believe you just called me that.'”
The city of Hastings reportedly disputed the charges, arguing that Brown “joked” about his origin findings “in a racially derogatory manner, as he suggests that he now knows why he loves chicken so much’; ‘the 18% is already in my pants’; and other similar inappropriate derogatory observations and sterotypes.”
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