ITHACA -- Former Ithaca Police Department (IPD) officer Chris Miller is set to receive $500,000 from the city he used to work for.
Miller sued the city over what he called discrimination and retaliation in the police department in 2010. He then originally won $2 million in damages in 2012, but a judge dismissed that as excessive and ordered a new trial to determine damages.
On Friday, Jan. 23, a federal jury ruled to award Miller $220,000 for being given undesirable assignments, and another $260,001 for a notice of discipline issued in 2010.
Mayor Svante Myrick sent out the following statement Friday afternoon:
Today, a federal jury returned an astonishingly-inappropriate verdict totaling $480,001 against the City and its officials on two claims of retaliation asserted by former IPD Officer Christopher Miller.
Miller was terminated in 2013 by an arbitrator who concluded that he "was employed as a police officer living a lie of having got the job under false pretenses."
Highlighting the absurdity of this verdict is a $220,000 award to Miller for the supposed indignity of having been assigned to walk the Ithaca Commons beat for thirteen shifts, each scheduled and fully paid, now with a jury-prescribed bonus of nearly $17,000 per shift worked.
The City will press forward with post-trial motions seeking to throw out this unjust verdict, and will review its options for appeal.