Two Tennessee police officers fired by the Dickson Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that they were harassed and intimidated.
The lawsuit was filed on October 22 and alleges that the criminal investigations that led to their termination were conducted poorly, based on misleading facts and led to emotional suffering and humiliation.
The officers, Robert Peeler and Justin Walton, were charged with making false entries in government record after they investigated a fight that took place at a Mexican restaurant in October of 2016.
Assistant Chief Seth Lyles (named as a defendant in the case), reportedly submitted an alternate report about what happened, one which “did not match physical evidence.”
According to the Dickson Post, the lawsuit claims Lyles made false reports due to a “long time (friendship)” with one of the couples involved in the fight. Demanding Walton change his story, Lyles allegedly threatened him when he refused.
“If you buck up to me I will put you in your place. I’m an alpha male,” Lyles said, according to the lawsuit.
Peeler and Walton’s civil case, which seeks a total of $6 million for punitive and compensatory damages, also names Lt. Todd Christian as a defendant.
Christian is alleged to have stalked and harassed the officers and their families over a year-long period.
“Unlawful surveillance…was pervasive, oppressive and was intended collectively by the defendants to intimidate and harass the plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit.
All parties involved have declined to comment on the lawsuit allegations, and a heading date has not yet been set.
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