Chattanooga City Council voted unanimously to settle a 7-year-old discrimination lawsuit giving 10 police officers $725,000 to split.
The resolution avoided a trial where Chattanooga police Lt. Bobby Rodgers and nine other white officers claimed the department in 2005 refused to promote any white officers.
The officers claimed that then-Police Chief Steve Parks imposed a promotion freeze but temporarily lifted it to promote a black officer from lieutenant to captain.
Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...