Triangle Briefs

Two former officers drop bias lawsuit

From Staff ReportsOctober 11, 2007 

— Two former Chapel Hill police officers dropped their lawsuit last month that accused the town and department of discriminating against them because they were white men.

John Wendell Moore and Brandon Kirk Jones resigned from the police department in June 2003.

Moore left after he was accused of misrepresenting himself as an FBI agent while questioning a high school student about computer hacking. Jones left after allegations were made that he illegally searched a teenager's car.

The lawsuit named former police Chief Gregg Jarvies, former Capt. Everett Johnson and former Town Manager Calvin Horton.

It said that the two men were treated differently from other employees who also faced disciplinary action. A Superior Court judge dismissed the claims against Johnson on Sept. 17, and 10 days later the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit.

A federal civil rights claim based on the same allegations had been filed in 2004 and also had been dismissed.

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