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Judge: Suit from former NIU police chief can go forward

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CHICAGO (AP) -

A federal judge in Chicago has refused to toss a 2014 civil rights lawsuit by a former police chief at Northern Illinois University.

Friday's ruling against the DeKalb school means Donald Grady's lawsuit can go forward. He's seeking reinstatement and an apology.

The school fired Grady in 2013 after he was accused of mishandling evidence in an investigation into allegations a campus police officer sexually assaulted a student. Grady denied the accusation.

The suit says Grady, who is black, was fired without a fair hearing. It says he was treated differently than white employees implicated in a scheme to use proceeds from off-the-books scrap metal sales.

Grady was NIU police chief for over a decade, including during a deadly campus shooting in 2008.

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