City approves discrimination settlement with former officer

City of La Crosse will pay former police officer Tony Clark $50,000 as part of racial discrimination settlement

La Crosse’s City Council has a busy night after having to postpone its meeting last week. The meeting was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but had to be re-scheduled to Monday when the notice for the meeting wasn’t sent out in time.

One of the biggest items on the agenda was a settlement with a former La Crosse Police officer who previously filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

Tony Clark accused the department of racial discrimination and harassment, as well as retaliating against him after he filed those complaints.

The council voted Monday night to approve a $50,000 settlement with Clark. Half of that total will go toward Clark’s legal fees, while Clark will collect the remaining $25,000 in damages.

As part of the settlement, Clark will drop the federal lawsuit and his pursuit of disability benefits. In return, the city will purge all disciplinary records against Clark.

The terms of the agreement stress the settlement is not an admission of guilt for the city.