A jury on Thursday rejected a former Long Beach police officer’s claim that he was fired because of his race, the Long Beach City Attorney’s office announced Friday.
Quincy Miles, who is black, alleged the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) discriminated and harassed him based on his race, eventually terminating his employment in retaliation for making complaints of racial discrimination, the city attorney’s office stated.
He also claimed that various Internal Affairs’ investigations into job-related misconduct were actually only pretexts for a racially motivated firing, officials went on to say.
The Los Angeles County jury delivered a verdict in favor of the city of Long Beach after five hours of deliberation, determining the LBPD investigation and termination of Miles was justified, and not based on any retaliatory or discriminatory motive.
During the six-week trial, the city presented evidence that Miles had multiple serious, documented performance issues, further arguing he only filed his discrimination complaint with the city’s Equal Employment Office because he feared his misconduct might lead to his termination.
An independent agency hired by the city investigated Miles and found his discrimination unfounded, officials said.
The jury specifically rejected Miles’ claim that he was harassed and that the police department retaliated against him for complaining to the city’s EEO officer.
Miles’ discrimination claim was dismissed by the judge before jury deliberations, finding no evidence to support the count, according to officials.