JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A former Jackson police officer filed a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully forced to step down from her job.
Tina Bianchini and her attorney filed a complaint June 24 against the City of Jackson and Police Chief Lee Vance. The complaint alleges that Bianchini was forced to sign a pre-prepared resignation letter.
If she didn’t sign the letter, the document says she would have been fired.
The complaint alleges that she was let go because of her race. She is white.
The lawsuit said on March 26, 2015, Bianchini was arrested and charged with domestic violence. She claims that the other officer involved in the domestic dispute, Aaron Allen, was not arrested or charged. Allen is Black.
Officers came to Allen’s home on that morning after he called Lt. Randy Avery. When officers arrived, Bianchini claims they only listened to Allen’s side. Bianchini was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries. After she had been released from the hospital, she was arrested.
Bianchini claimed she was handed a resignation letter from Chief Lee Vance. The document states that Vance told her she needed to sign it or she would be fired. She signed the letter.
The lawsuit says Bianchini tried to file charges against Allen, but she was not allowed to do so.
The document said Allen was later indicted for aggravated domestic violence, but he was not fired. She also claims that she lost her job as a security officer at an apartment complex in Jackson and at a restaurant.
She claims that other officers charged with domestic violence, who are African-American, were not fired.
Bianchini is asking for back pay, reinstatement, and other damages.