Law Center sues city on behalf of fired cop

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Police in car mirrorA law firm is vowing justice for a former Oklahoma police officer who was fired for online comments written years before he was hired. 

American Freedom Law Center, working with local attorney Scott Wood, has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Wayne Brown, who was terminated after political activists complained about his social media posts.

Law Center attorney Robert Muise says the lawsuit is seeking attorneys’ fees and $175,000 in damages, the maximum allowed under state law, for their client.

The city has 90 days to respond to the notice.

The lawsuit names the City of Tulsa and its police chief, Chuck Jordan, as defendants.

Muise says one of the Facebook posts states that Brown and his family would never submit to Islam.

“And the day after he was fired,” Muise tells OneNewsNow, “the Council on American Islamic Relations Oklahoma issued a press release crowing about the firing, and calling him an ‘Islamophobe,’ and the typical rhetoric CAIR uses when they want to marginalize somebody."

Muise, Robert (AFLC)According to a Public Radio Tulsa story about the lawsuit, anti-police activist Marq Lewis found Brown's comments, which dated back to 2013, and posted them online to "draw attention" to their content. 

Brown graduated from the police academy in August and was fired last month, the story reported.  

Muise points out that Brown was hired by the sheriff’s department and he says the sheriff deserves praise not only for hiring the fired police officer but for calling the city leaders cowards without a backbone.

“That's kind of what you expect,” Muise says, “from a leader in Oklahoma."

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