- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal jury has ruled against a former Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper who claimed in a lawsuit that his firing was racially motivated.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1s55XMu ) the jury verdict came down this past week in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

The state had contended Michael McField of Horn Lake was fired because he violated multiple departmental policies and not because of his race.

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

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommended in May of 2010 that McField get back wages from July 2009 and $50,000 in damages. Department of Public Commissioner Steve Simpson said he did not intend to reinstate McField. The agency was not bound by the EEOC finding.

McField had alleged he was transferred from DeSoto County to Holmes County in the spring of 2009 after the NAACP filed an EEOC complaint in January of that year alleging discrimination on behalf of all black troopers.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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