The jury returns at 9 this morning to continue deliberations in former police Capt. Cliff Hardy’s lawsuit against the city of Tupelo.
Hardy seeks monetary damages for back pay, possible forward pay and compensation for physical and emotional distress he claims were caused when the Tupelo Police Department pushed him out after 19 years.
The city’s attorneys say Hardy got what he deserved – loss of responsibility as Internal Affairs officer after making a public speech critical of the department. He later was reassigned to an apartment-patrol unit with a patrolman he once had written up for poor job performance.
The trial began Monday in U.S. District Court with Judge Sharion Aycock presiding.