Sheriff Neil Warren has refused to reinstate Coachman since, the lawsuit says. It does not detail the sheriff’s stated reasons, but calls them “false” and a “pretext for race discrimination.”
Coachman referred questions to his attorney, who did not respond to messages left at his office. The Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for the county attorney said that office could not comment.
In April of this year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed an open-records request with the Sheriff’s Office for the personnel and internal affairs files for more than two dozen employees, including Coachman.
The Sheriff’s Office withheld Coachman’s internal affairs file because it was “still open.”