Former trooper suing MHP

Former trooper suing MHP
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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.