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Rutland Police Discrimination Suit Settled for $975,000


Former Rutland police officer Andrew Todd - CALEB KENNA
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  • Former Rutland police officer Andrew Todd
The City of Rutland has agreed to pay $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former Rutland police officer who alleged that he was the victim of racial discrimination.

John Paul Faignant, the attorney for former Rutland police officer Andrew Todd, said the Rutland Board of Aldermen approved the settlement Monday night. It is believed to be one of the largest civil settlements of its kind in Vermont, the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Todd alleged that he was subjected to racial slurs and other abuse from his fellow officers. But Todd's allegations went far beyond beyond internal police operations.

Todd accused some officers of racially profiling drug suspects, carrying on inappropriate relationships with female confidential informants and drinking on duty.

Faignant said that Todd, an African American, was pleased that the lawsuit had helped publicize allegations that Rutland authorities had swept under the rug.

"The primary motivation for the suit was to make the information public," Faignant said.

The settlement prevents the lawsuit from going to trial next year. Todd resigned in 2012. He is now a Vermont State Police trooper.

Rutland Mayor Chris Louras did not respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday. Municipalities generally have insurance policies that pay large portions of any legal settlements.