Defendants Dismissed From Lawsuit

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Some of the defendants that were named on a lawsuit filed by a police officer have been dismissed from the lawsuit by a judge. The police officer had filed a lawsuit against the city, and also named the mayor, the police chief and some current and former Billings police officers as defendants.

A judge has now removed the individuals from the lawsuit, as the city has stated that it will be taking responsibility because the individuals were working on behalf of the city. However, despite requests from the city the judge has refused to dismiss the lawsuit altogether.

The lawsuit was filed by an officer that claims he was retaliated against by superiors and other officers when he tried to report that some officers had handed over illegal drugs to a civilian. The city has described the officer’s allegations as “frivolous, unreasonable and without merit.” It has filed a countersuit against the officer for recovery of legal and court costs.

There are several other claims in the lawsuit, which the judge stated will need to be addressed by the jury, and this includes failure of the city to provide a safe working environment and violation of free speech rights.

 

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