Former police officers file federal lawsuit over alleged racial discrimination

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

BENTON HARBOR, Ind. - A couple of former police officers have filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming they were the victims of racial discrimination.

According to reporting partners at The Herald Palladium, Robert O'Brien and Daniel Unruh are suing the city of Benton Harbor and former emergency manager Tony Saunders.

The officers are both white, and Saunders is black.

O'Brien claims that Saunders told him he would never be Chief, because he is white.

Both officers claim they were fired because of their race. Although, Saunders indicates it was a simple budget issue.

Roger Lange also filed a race discrimination lawsuit against Saunders and the city.

He has been on leave since last July, reportedly because he did not have appropriate fire certification.

However, he says he was put on leave because he complained to the state about how O’Brien and Unruh were treated.

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