UPDATE: Hardy v. Tupelo: Judge says 'no' to controversial ethics report

TUPELO – Don’t expect to hear anything from Cindy Brown’s controversial ethics report in former police Capt. Cliff Hardy’s trial against Tupelo Police Department next week.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock granted the city’s request to exclude the report from the trial, terming the 133-page document “inadmissible hearsay.”

Hardy sued the city in 2008, claiming he was pushed from his job after he made a public speech in 2006 to support his friend and colleague, Deputy Chief Robert Hall.

Hardy, who is white, said Hall, who is black, was being “persecuted” because of his race.

Hall was terminated by Chief Harold Chaffin after Hall sent a drunk-driver home from an accident, which severely injured a boy on a bicycle.

Hardy claimed white officers were afforded that discretion and Hall should have it, too.

Tupelo defended its decision about Hardy by saying his speech was reckless and false.

Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.

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