The Columbus Division of Police and Chief Kim Jacobs are the defendants in two federal lawsuits alleging racial discrimination by the same white police sergeant.
One is a former Columbus police officer. The other is still with the department.
Both men allege Sergeant Eric Moore treated them differently than the white officers. One includes the allegation that Moore made a death threat against him.
Both lawsuits were filed first in Franklin County and moved to federal court. They allege Columbus Police Sergeant Eric Moore, who is white, discriminated against black officers Karl Shaw and Eric Cornett.
Moore is not named as a defendant in either case. The officers are suing Columbus Police and Chief Kim Jacobs.
In Shaw’s case, as outlined in court documents, he alleges white officers were given credit and recognition for his work.
He also alleges Moore referred to two black officers with the ‘n’ word and other racial slurs, allegedly stating he needed to take them out back and kill them.
Officer Cornett’s case states he was one of those officers threatened.
Each lawsuit seeks monetary damages of at least $25,000.
We’ve reached out to Columbus Police for their comment on the most recent lawsuit. A spokesperson replied via email stating ‘as with any pending litigation it would be improper for us to discuss details.’