City Asks Judge To Reduce $1.7 Million Award To Fired Cop

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Akron city officials are asking a judge to reduce a $1.7 million jury award to a police officer who said that he was fired because he's black.

Former patrolman Gerald Williams was fired in 1997 after he broke his wife's jaw during a domestic dispute. Williams argued that white officers who committed similar acts were not fired.

The city said that Williams' compensatory damages should've been limited to $250,000, instead of the $1 million that the jury ordered.

The city is also asking the judge to hold a hearing to decide whether Williams should be rehired.

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