Former Montgomery police chief sues mayor, city

Former Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley has filed a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Steven Reed.
Published: Apr. 6, 2023 at 4:38 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2023 at 6:33 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Ernest Finley, who resigned as Montgomery’s police chief in June 2021, has filed a lawsuit against the city over that resignation.

The lawsuit, filed March 16, names the city and Mayor Steven Reed as defendants. In the eight-count claim, Finley is seeking monetary damages and policy changes over what he alleges was a “forced resignation.”

Finley claims Reed conspired with others to file false complaints against him involving bullying, race-baited decisions and ethical violations. He said these allegations were part of a ploy to oust him from the department. Among numerous allegations are that he was forced to resign because he disciplined Black police officers and promoted a white officer.

He also alleges he was target with hostility, harassment and insubordination following an investigation of approximately 12 officers in October 2020.

Finley says Reed gave him a choice of either resignation or termination.

Finley served as the Montgomery police chief for six years.

A spokesman for the city of Montgomery said the city does not comment on pending litigation.

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