Court rules commander didn’t discriminate against black state trooper


Court rules commander didn’t discriminate against black state trooper

COLUMBUS

The Ohio Court of Claims has ruled that former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Willie Smith Jr. failed to prove that the former commander of the Southington post discriminated against him because of his race.

Judge Alan C. Travis ruled issued the decision Nov. 19 in a complaint Smith filed against Lt. Joseph Dragovich and other officials.

Smith, of Newton Falls, filed the complaint in July 14, 2009, 21 months after being fired Oct. 16, 2007, for dishonesty.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Vindicator or vindy.com

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