Fired KDPS officer sues, claiming discrimination

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A fired Kalamazoo police officer says he was the victim of discrimination and false accusations and has now filed a lawsuit against the city.

Amir Khillah says he wants his job back.

The suit filed Monday claims the city violated Khillah's civil rights and federal whistleblower protections when it kicked him off the force after he complained about alleged discriminatory behavior by a sergeant.  

Khillah told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday that he wants to make it clear his complaints are against only a few bad apples, not against the entire Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

“I love being a police officer. For me, it’s personal, but it’s also a calling," said Khillah, who said he sought asylum in the U.S. years ago because he faced oppression as a Christian in his native Egypt.

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