Abilene Police Officer Sues City and Police Chief
ABILENE, TX-- An Abilene Police officer is pursuing a law suit against the City of Abilene and Police Chief Stan Standridge.
Lieutenant Brad McGary was fired from the department in 2017, but was later reinstated after a Civil Service Commission investigation.
In March of 2017, McGray was suspended indefinitely due to several different issues including excessive use of force and not respecting other employees. "The department was ordered to return Lt. McGary to work as a lieutenant," said McGary's lawyer Terry Boone. "We intend to show that the department has not followed the decisions by the commission."
McGary claims that he was treated unfairly and that he was made to do things that no other Lt. was made to do.
He performed duties usually assigned to an administrative sergeant, such as grant writing and coordinating events.
Another example of mistreatment was that every morning Abilene Police Department holds regular staff meetings and that all police officers above the rank of sergeant attend the meetings, but Standridge has refused to allow McGary to attend.
Abilene Police Chief Standridge release a statement on the case. "The City of Abilene cannot provide comment on ongoing litigation. However, the city can acknowledge that Lt. Brad McGary was suspended by the police department, and the Civil Service Commission upheld a 90-day suspension related to two violations of policy: Use of Force (Safe Handling of Conducted Electrical Weapons) and General Rules of Conduct (Conduct and Behavior and Respect for Fellow Employees). As such, the District Attorney's Office and the City Attorney's Office classified Lt. Brad McGary as a Brady Officer pursuant to the Michael Morton Act."
This story was first published by KTXS.