Former Ithaca Police Officer Awarded $2 Million

By Adam Chick

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Ithaca discriminated against one of its police officers because of the color of his skin: white.

That's the finding by a New York Northern District Court jury that Thursday ordered the city of Ithaca to pay Christopher Miller $2 million

The four defendants in the case, city officials, will pay Miller $1 each.

Miller originally sued the city for $19 million, claiming employment discrimination because of his race.

Miller said he was denied promotions because he is white, and that the city retaliated against him when he filed civil rights complaints.

During the trial, Miller's lawyer alleged the city's hiring code favors minorities because there is no affirmative action plan in place to make such practices legal.

One of the defendants was Ithaca Police Chief Edward Vallely. The lawsuit states that Valley personally discriminated Miller.

Court documents state throughout his employment with the Ithaca Police Department, Miller's work performance was always highly acceptable, and free of misconduct.