- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit accusing the state’s highway police of racial bias in its employment practices.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1a4PrV0 ) reports that terms of the settlement weren’t included in the electronic case file of the lawsuit filed by former highway officer Darren Smith.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said that the settlement document hasn’t been signed yet and that he couldn’t provide more information. Smith’s attorney said he could only confirm that a settlement was reached.

The lawsuit accused the highway police and its chief, who’s white, of racial bias in employment practices that led to the firing of Smith, who’s black. It said that black officers were punished more severely than white officers for the same policy violations.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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