- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A former Portland police detective who left the bureau last year after he was demoted for misusing his police car is suing the city of Portland, alleging racial discrimination.

Robert N. Hollins III had racked up nearly 100,000 miles in three years on the car, including more than 15,600 miles in under five months, according to a police summary of the findings released earlier this year. He also left a police surveillance assignment to take care of family affairs out of town without telling a supervisor, the summary report disclosed.

Hollins said in the suit that the high mileage resulted from the extensive amount of overtime he worked and the fact that he was regularly on call for 24 hours at a time, according to the suit.

He seeks $960,000 in damages, arguing that his demotion has hindered his ability to obtain another investigative job, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

A unanimous Police Review Board in April 2019 recommended Hollins be fired for “untruthfulness” for not being honest about what led to the excessive mileage on his unmarked police car. Then-Chief Danielle Outlaw didn’t agree that Hollins was untruthful and instead demoted him.

The demotion became effective last Sept. 7, 2019, and Hollins left the bureau at the end of that month.

City attorney Tracy Reeve and Police Bureau spokesman Officer Derek Carmon both declined comment on the lawsuit.

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