Federal judge dismissed former chief's lawsuit

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed the wrongful firing lawsuit filed by a former West Tennessee police chief.

According to The Jackson Sun, U.S. District Court Judge J. Daniel Breen granted summary judgment on Sept. 28 to the defendants, who were the City of Bolivar and several local public officials.

Former chief of police Bill Irons sued after he was fired in August 2011 on a 5-1 vote by the Bolivar City Council.

Irons -- who is black -- claimed city employment practices created a conspiracy to defame and dismiss him. He claimed racial discrimination and other unlawful acts led to his dismissal.

Bolivar Mayor Barrett Stevens and the city's attorneys could not be reached for comment Monday.

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