- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has ordered the reinstatement of a black police recruit who was dismissed amid allegations of cheating on an exam after determining that minority recruits were disciplined more harshly than white ones.

The commission also granted the recruit, Claude Defay, back pay and $40,000 for emotional distress.

Defay said he was dismissed in 2011 after he was accused of discussing an exam with another recruit during a bathroom break. He said two white recruits involved in a bar fight were given written reprimands.

Defay tells The Boston Globe he’s looking forward to resuming training.

The police department said in a statement that it was “disheartening” that the commission found Defay to be “untruthful and dishonest,” yet ruled he deserves to be an officer.

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