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Former Purdue police officers settle discrimination lawsuit

Purdue University maintains its innocence after settling in a lawsuit brought forth by two former police officers.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 6:12 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University maintains its innocence after settling in a lawsuit brought forth by two former police officers.

Tenecia Waddell described the Purdue University Police Department as a hostile environment for black officers.

In the suit, she claimed Purdue officers tried to intimidate her by burning her uniform and using her bulletproof vest for target practice after she was terminated.

The complaint said supervisors were unfair by depriving her of training and opportunities, such as using certain guns she was qualified to carry.

Waddell's boyfriend and now husband, former Purdue Sgt. Ryan Pyle, who is white, filed a similar lawsuit.

Pyle claimed Purdue retaliated against him after he discovered someone had tampered with an African American officer's weapon.

He said instead of investigating the tampering, Purdue looked into Pyle's off-duty romantic relationship with officer Waddell, resulting in their termination.

In a statement, the university said, "Purdue denies any wrongdoing or liability, and ultimately resolved these two cases on favorable terms in court-required mediation after moving for summary judgment demonstrating no basis for the claims."

Neither Waddell or Pyle would comment on the settlement.

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