A lawsuit between a Vine Grove police officer and Vine Grove has been settled, according to court documents.

Vic Williams, a lieu­ten­ant with the Vine Grove Police De­partment, initially sued the city in August 2018 alleging racial discrimination. In his lawsuit, Williams stated other white police officers were given promotions while he remained a patrolman, even while serving as second-in-command of the police department.

“Vine Grove’s refusal to promote officer Williams to the positions of sergeant and lieutenant were based upon officer Williams’ race and resulted in the denial of substantial monetary and professional benefits to officer Williams,” the lawsuit read.

The city of Vine Grove denied the allegations in a court filing.

Williams was promoted to a lieutenant position in May of this year. Williams also is the handler for the police department’s K-9. According to court documents, the lawsuit was dismissed by District Judge David Hale Aug. 5 without prejudice after Vine Grove and Williams came to a settlement during a hearing earlier this month.

The terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

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