Officer Michael Slager, who was fired from the St. Louis Police Department for kicking an unarmed black man in the head, is being sued for racial discrimination
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office fired an officer over an incident last year in which he kicked a man in a St. Paul, Minnesota, parking lot, court documents say.
In August of 2015, Slager was in a police car with another officer when the man allegedly tried to run from the vehicle and Slager kicked him in the back, causing him to fall onto his back, according to court documents.
Slager was fired, and he filed a lawsuit alleging he was discriminated against and violated his civil rights.
In the lawsuit, Slagers attorney said he has filed lawsuits in Minnesota, Missouri, Missouri and New Mexico and has received numerous settlements in those states.
He said that in 2015, when the St Louis Police department was still under the control of the Stuarts, the department did not use racial profiling in its operations.
The St. Cloud Police Department, however, used racial profiling, he said.
The lawsuit also said that Slager had to stop responding to calls about a suspect and a drug dealer who was armed and dangerous.
The man was killed in a shootout with police after he was shot, according the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday said Slager has been discriminated against in Minnesota and other states because of his race and that the Stlucys use of racial profiling is not consistent with St. Charles County policies.
The suit asks a judge to dismiss Slager’s lawsuit and to restore his termination.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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