Stanley Young, a former Cave Springs police officer, filed a race discrimination lawsuit on January 17 against the Arkansas City of Cave Springs and against police chief Michael Caudill.
Young, who started working for the City of Cave Springs as a law enforcement officer in January 2008, claims that he was fired in April 2013 because he told Caudill that he was contemplating filing for bankruptcy.
According to the complaint, Young “was told that was not acceptable by the Mayor and the Chief of Police since he owed money to individuals within the community of Cave Springs, Arkansas.”
The complaint also alleges:
A white officer filed for bankruptcy was not fired.
The Plaintiff [Young] was the only African American working for the City of Cave Springs, Arkansas.
The Plaintiff’s race was a motivating factor in the termination of the Plaintiff in that his co-worker who also filed for bankruptcy and was white was not fired.
The Plaintiff is married to a white female and believes that his interracial marriage was a factor in his termination.
Defendant Caudill is a white male who acting under the color of state law to deprive the Plaintiff of his contract of employment by terminating him with insufficient reason and in part motivated by the Plaintiff’s race.