SHELBY — The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by two Shelby, Mississippi, police officers who said they were fired for refusing to ignore an alderman’s criminal activity.
The ruling overturned a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which sided with the town of Shelby against Officers Tracey L. Johnson and David James Jr.
The officers brought the lawsuit under Section 1983 of the U.S. Code, which is intended to allow individuals to sue when they believe their constitutional rights have been infringed. The law has been used to sue for damages over a multitude of wrongs committed by government officials.
The city sought dismissal of the lawsuit.