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Racial discrimination lawsuit against Kalamazoo dismissed

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - On Thursday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal judge's ruling to dismiss a racial discrimination lawsuit against the City of Kalamazoo.

But he also sent the case back to the lower court for review, saying the judge dismissed the case without considering claims of retaliation.

The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by former Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Mark Laster.

He claimed he was forced to resign from KDPS and was retaliated against because of previous racial-discrimination complaints he filed against the agency.

However, an internal investigation found misconduct on behalf of Laster, who was accused of showing up intoxicated at President Obama's visit in June of 2010.