By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
PLANTERSVILLE – A former Plantersville police chief filed suit Wednesday in federal court, alleging he was fired because he is white.
Maury Schuh, through his Tupelo attorneys, Shane McLaughlin and Nicole McLaughlin, seeks financial damages, his job back, and other payments.
Schuh says he was chief between May 2010 until July 17, 2012.
He claims that beginning in late 2011, black members of the Board of Aldermen began to criticize him and treat him differently because he is white.
He insists the town’s mayor and board decided to get rid of him and replace him with a black chief.
Plantersville officials have not yet responded to his lawsuit allegations.
His six-page lawsuit lays out four main allegations that he was wronged by his firing – two counts of racial discrimination, retaliation for public remarks and violation of his protection against termination because of military service obligations.
In the lawsuit, Schuh claims one alderman demanded Schuh remove his shirt so another alderman could see “racist tattoos,” which Schuh reportedly showed did not exist.
He also notes that in about November 2011 he spoke to the board about adopting a more “multicultural Christmas parade and Christmas displays,” and that city retaliations increased after the speech in which he denounced racism within the city government.
He terms the reasons for his termination false to hide another reason.
Schuh was replaced by Shirley Moon, a black female, who was interim chief until the December 2012 hiring of Mark Covington, a white man, a city spokesman said.