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March 26, 2014

Ex-Athens police officer says he was wrongly fired after reporting alleged corruption

Here is the text of the lawsuit filed March 14 in federal District Court in Alabama by former Athens Police Officer Jason White. He claims he was wrongly fired in 2012 for reporting alleged corruption within the police department. Among other things, he alleges that Capt. Tracy Harrison and another officer used a police vehicle to pull over a mail truck so Harrison could intercept, retrieve and destroy documents about a DUI arrest (involving another man) before it arrived at the Alabama Department of Public Safety:

 

U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA

NORTHEASTERN DIVISION

Case 5:14-cv-00445-MHH Document 1 filed 4:10 p.m. 3/13/14

JASON A. WHITE

Plaintiff v. Civil Action No.: ____________ CITY OF ATHENS, a municipal corporation; WILLIAM R. MARKS, Mayor of City of Athens, in both his individual and official capacities; FLOYD JOHNSON, Chief of the Athens Police Department, in both his individual and official capacities; TRACY HARRISON, an individual; REED WAYNE HARPER, an individual; and TREVOR HARRIS, an individual; Defendants.

COMPLAINT

COMES NOW the Plaintiff, Jason A. White, by and through his attorneys of record, and for his Complaint against Defendants, City of Athens, Mayor William R. Marks, Floyd Johnson, Tracy Harrison, Reed Wayne Harper, and Trevor Harris, states as follows:

NATURE OF THE CASE

1. This is a lawsuit brought by the Plaintiff, Jason A. White, who has been affected by the actions of defendants as alleged in the claims set forth below, seeking permanent relief from unlawful retaliatory practices that violated plaintiff’s civil and Constitutional rights. The practices committed by Defendants violate the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (“§ 1983").

JURISDICTION AND VENUE

2. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this cause of action

pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1343, 1367, and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 2000e.

3. The Defendants are located and/or doing business within this judicial district and division. This action is brought within the judicial district wherein the unlawful employment practices were committed, making venue proper under 28

U.S.C. § 1391.

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