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Vermont City Settles Ex-Cop’s Discrimination Suit for $975K

Vermont city settles racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former officer.

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The city of Rutland, Vermont, has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former police officer for $975,000.

The board of aldermen in the Vermont city approved the settlement with former Cpl. Andrew Todd on Monday night.

Todd was the city's only African-American officer when he served from 2003 to 2012. He claimed in his lawsuit that racism, racial profiling and cover-ups made his job unbearable.

Depositions of Rutland City police dispatchers, officers and other witnesses supported Todd's claims and also told of rogue investigations.

The Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/1InOyb3 ) reports police Commissioner Larry Jensen said he is glad the lawsuit is over and that much has changed in the department in recent years.

Todd, now a state trooper, did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

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