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Ex-police officer sues department
A former police officer in the region has filed a lawsuit alleging he was unlawfully fired after complaining about discrimination based on his Egyptian descent.
Amir Khillah filed the lawsuit last week against the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
He claims the agency violated his civil rights and federal whistleblower protections by kicking him off the force following his complaints about a sergeant's alleged discriminatory behavior.
The lawsuit alleges a supervisor called Khillah racist slurs and chastised him for issuing a warning instead of a ticket to a black motorist on Feb. 6.
The suit alleges the city fired Khillah based on a misconduct report for the Feb. 6 traffic stop. Khillah claims the report contains false information and was retaliatory.
Police Chief Karianne Thomas declined comment.