COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WFFT) -- A former Whitley County deputy is sharing his story hoping to help others.
Terrance Mckinney settled with the Whitley County Sheriff's Office earlier this year after he says he was the target of racial discrimination within the department.
"It came from individuals that wore the same uniform in the department," says McKinney. "I felt that immediately."
The Fort Wayne native says he found a place as a deputy in Whitley County which was a "natural fit" after his time in the military.
He was the first Black deputy in the department's history and was met with obstacles right away.
"I knew that there was racial bias almost within the first 15 to 30 days."
A 2017 decision by the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit says the reasons for McKinney's departure 'fell apart in the face of evidence'.
Mckinney says his message now is as important as ever.
FOX 55 has reached out to the sheriff's office for comment but has not heard back yet.