Former trooper suing MHP - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Former trooper suing MHP

Photo Credit: WDAM A former trooper is suing MHP for discrimination. Photo Credit: WDAM A former trooper is suing MHP for discrimination.
MERIDIAN, MS (WDAM) -

A former trooper captain is suing his former employer.

Patrick Boyd filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Highway Patrol last Wednesday in federal court .

His lawsuit claims he was discriminated against because of his race.

Boyd, who is white, said less qualified African American troopers were promoted over him.

Boyd was captain over Troop H and worked for MHP for 15 years before he was fired last year.

Boyd is now suing for wrongful termination.

The lawsuit states that Boyd is asking for his job back, and financial compensation for lost salary. He claims the defendants violated his civil rights, the 14th amendment and 1st amendment.

According to the lawsuit, Boyd was hired by MHP in December 15, 2000. He achieved steady promotions, excellent performance evaluations, and recognition of excellence by, inter alia, commendation and approval to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

Boyd was replaced as captain of Troop H by Malachi Sanders.

On April 13, 2015, Boyd was removed from the MHP S.W.A.T. team, where he had been a team member. Boyd was ordered to give his equipment to Lieutenant Marshall Pack. Pack was eventually promoted to overall team leader of the S.W.A.T. team, according to the lawsuit..

The lawsuit also stated that on May 29, 2015, Boyd was allegedly terminated for a speeding accident. Boyd claims documentation from within the patrol itself shows a multitude of similar violations by other patrolmen which did not result in termination or discipline of any kind.'

Boyd has requested a trial jury. 

Copyright WDAM 2016. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • USM ranked among top universities in MS for online classes

    USM ranked among top universities in MS for online classes

    Monday, January 22 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-01-22 21:10:03 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi is ranked the 2nd top public university for online courses in the state of Mississippi. The school has approximately 15,000 students with more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Southern Miss also has a graduation rate of 50 percent.  Several degrees are offered at the university in areas such as business administration, applied technology, and education.  To view the full list of ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi is ranked the 2nd top public university for online courses in the state of Mississippi. The school has approximately 15,000 students with more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Southern Miss also has a graduation rate of 50 percent.  Several degrees are offered at the university in areas such as business administration, applied technology, and education.  To view the full list of ...More >>
  • Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Monday, January 22 2018 3:28 PM EST2018-01-22 20:28:08 GMT
    Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>
  • Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Monday, January 22 2018 3:00 PM EST2018-01-22 20:00:08 GMT

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly