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Date: 05-07-2022

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Patrick Buchanan v. Greenfield Police Department and Chief Robert Haigh, Jr.

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Judge: Not Available

Court: Superior Court, Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Plaintiff's Attorney: Michael G. McDonough and Tim Ryan

Defendant's Attorney: Erica Brody and Leonard Henry Kesten

Description: Northampton, Massachusetts civil rights lawyers represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendants on a job discrimination theory claiming that he was discriminated because of his race for not being promoted.

Plaintiff was the only Black officer in the Greenfield Police Department.

He claimed he was denied promotion because of his race.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $92,930 in lost back wages and $350,000 for emotional distress.

“Mr. Buchanan appreciates the hard work the jury did and is gratified someone sees it the same way he did,” Ryan said by phone. “We appreciate the hard work. These are never easy trials and I think the jury was fairly clear that they viewed this was racially motivated from the get-go.”

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