UPDATE: Tupelo settles with Cliff Hardy

TUPELO – Former Police Capt. Cliff Hardy will received $400,000 in a settlement with the city of Tupelo, officials on both sides of the case confirmed Monday.
Hardy had sued the city in 2009, claiming he was forced out of his job after speaking out against its treatment of Robert Hall. Hall had been demoted for his role in freeing an intoxicated hit-and-run suspect in 2006.
Hall this year returned to his job as the department’s assistant chief.
Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. released a statement on the settlement announcement.
“All parties will benefit by settling this case and putting it behind us,” Reed said.”While the result of an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals would have been uncertain, the advantages to our community by putting this to rest are certain. The City of Tupelo is committed to moving forward together as a progressive community that we can all be proud to call home.”

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