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Terminated Police Officer Suing City Of Mt. Vernon

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A former Mount Vernon police sergeant, who was once named officer of the year, is now suing the city and his former supervisors for discrimination.

Mark Perkins says he faced discrimination while working in the department because of his dedication to serving in The National Guard.

According to Perkins' personnel file, he had been with the Mount Vernon Police Department since the 90s. As NBC4's Liz Adeola digs through the file, she discovered evidence of tense email exchanges and several disciplinary action notices.

Emails from Mount Vernon Police Chief Mike Merrilees state that Perkins spent a minimal time working on the force, suggesting an ongoing issue with attendance.

Perkins states that his job as a flyer with The National Guard requires him to be absent for long periods of time.

Perkins filed the lawsuit with the city last week, claiming that he was shorted $40,000 pay since 2006 for the time spent serving in the military.

According to his personnel file, his supervisors were concerned with the amount of time he spent on sick leave after his deployment ended.

Records from his personnel file indicate he was absent from August 2012 to December 2012. Records indicate he was on sick leave again in March for about 17 days.

When the department requested a fit test, they say there was an altercation where Perkins became physical and was insubordinate to a superior officer. Perkins and his attorney deny those allegations.

"They went out of their way to surprise him at his home while he was recuperating from illness and under doctor's care; and they present him not with ‘Mark, how ya doing?' but ‘Mark, here's another disciplinary hearing for not undergoing a physical examination' that quite honestly, they have no basis in law to be conduction," said Perkins' attorney, John Scaccia.

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