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Franklin County Sheriff's Office to settle with deputy in alleged race discrimination lawsuit

Franklin County Sheriff's cruiser
Raymond Wambsgans

The Franklin County Commissioners and sheriff’s office will pay a deputy over $170,000 to settle a lawsuit for alleged race discrimination. The deputy was fired and then re-instated after an incident at a Kroger grocery store.

Deputy Mario Marcus was terminated then re-instated following the incident. He served a 30-day, unpaid suspension.
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Deputy Mario Marcus was terminated then re-instated following the incident. Marcus served a 30-day unpaid suspension. He was also required to attend an anger management class.

Court documents say Deputy Mario Marcus, a Black man, was shopping at a Columbus Kroger in 2017 when an employee confronted him following a sale dispute.

The employee allegedly put his arms on Marcus which led to a shove from the deputy. He was off-duty.

Marcus was charged with assault, but it was dismissed. Court documents say sheriff Dallas Baldwin alleged that Marcus had lied about the assault charge and then fired him.

He has been reinstated. Attorney Christopher Cooper represented Marcus and declined to comment for this story. A statement from the Sheriff's department said, "the settlement provides for a dismissal of the lawsuit, with prejudice, and with no admission of liability by the County or the Sheriff’s Office."

Both sides agreed to settle for $172,000. Commissioners will vote on whether to approve that at Tuesday night's meeting.

Tyler Thompson was a reporter and on-air host for 89.7 NPR News. Thompson, originally from northeast Ohio, has spent the last three years working as a Morning Edition host and reporter at NPR member station KDLG Public Radio and reporter at the Bristol Bay Times Newspaper in Dillingham, Alaska.