TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa could pay nearly $400,000 in legal fees after losing a federal civil rights case involving a black police officer who was forced to march in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

The Tulsa World reports that attorneys for Tulsa Police Capt. Walter Busby Jr. filed a motion Wednesday saying the city's "take no prisoners defense strategy" is responsible for the over 1,000 hours spent working the case for nearly eight years. The Bullock Law firm is seeking reimbursements of legal fees.

The city hasn't responded to the newspaper's request for comment.

A federal judge ruled last month that the city violated Busby's civil rights by retaliating after he objected to being ordered to march in the 2010 parade. City officials deny the order was race-based.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com