A federal judge last week dismissed all three counts in Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputy William McCray’s lawsuit against numerous West Palm Beach city officials that alleged civil rights violations.
Two of the counts were dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning McCray has the right to file an amended complaint within 10 days.
The lawsuit alleged that McCray’s rights were violated because the city would not allow him to bring a gun into city meetings despite being an officer. McCray, a former West Palm Beach officer, also alleged that the city stymied his free-speech rights. He cited a meeting in which Mayor Jeri Muoio shut off McCray’s microphone while he was addressing the commission.
The suit named Muoio as a defendant, along with former mayor and current U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, City Administrator Ed Mitchell, City Attorney Claudia McKenna, Commissioner Keith James and the estate of former Commissioner Bill Moss, who died of a heart attack in March.
In 2010 a jury awarded McCray $230,000, saying he endured years of discrimination, but last year an appeals court said the jury did not have a right to award him so much money. He has not yet collected and city officials said he had one of the worst disciplinary records in the department’s history.
“It’s not over,” McCray said Tuesday. “I’ll fight them another 10 years, and they can spend another million dollars fighting this one like the last one.”