Lawsuit settled over Aberdeen police officer's firing

A lawsuit filed over the termination of an Aberdeen police officer in 2015 has been settled out of court.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 2:12 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A lawsuit filed over the termination of an Aberdeen police officer in 2015 has been settled out of court.

A federal judge says both sides reached an agreement in the lawsuit filed by Lee Johnson against the city of Aberdeen.

Johnson contends he was off duty when someone backed into his car and then attempted to drive away.

He says he stopped the driver, who denied the accident happened.

Johnson says the driver later wrote a letter to the police chief accusing the officer of mistreating them.

He says the letter was factually inaccurate, misleading and contained offensive racial undertones.

Johnson says the chief took no action because no formal complaint was ever filed.

However, the Board of Aldermen later called Johnson in to discuss the situation during a board meeting.

The board voted to fire Johnson at a later meeting.

Johnson's lawsuit says he was not given a civil service hearing prior to termination and was not given a reason for his termination by the board.

Johnson was reinstated by a newly elected Board of Aldermen in 2016.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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