Jury rules against ex-Delaware professor arrested at protest
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal jury has ruled against a former Delaware State University professor who sued officials at the historically black school after he was arrested during a protest.
The jury ruled Tuesday that Jahi Issa, who is black, failed to show he was discriminated against or subjected to hostile work conditions based on his race. It said he also failed to show that the school retaliated against him for filing an employment discrimination complaint.
The jury also said campus police didn’t falsely arrest Issa or violate his First Amendment rights in 2012.
Issa was among demonstrators concerned that there were not enough black faculty members at the school, and that too many non-black students were being admitted.
He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and offensive touching of a police officer. The charges were dismissed.