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Marshall, MO: (Jan-02-08) David Perez and Ray Hall, former city employees, brought a lawsuit against the city of Sweet Springs, accusing the city and Chief of Police, Richard Downing, of violations of their civil rights and wrongful termination of their employment. The suit claimed that Perez and Hall were fired in retaliation for their off-duty attendance at a political rally in support of Sweet Springs Mayor Roxanne Hinton. The tension between the two and Downing started when a picture of Hinton with Perez and Hall appeared in the Sweet Springs Herald in mid-March 2006; the two were fired after a special meeting of the Board of Alderman on April 12, 2006. The two alleged that before their termination, Downing arrested Perez and Hall and placed them on 24-hour hold at Saline County Justice Facility on a Class C Felony charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.

Perez broke the right side marker lens of his patrol car when he accidentally bumped into Hall's personal car. Perez admitted he removed the lens of another patrol car to fix his patrol car and then replaced the lens on the second patrol car at his own expense (approximately $35). Perez and Hall claim in their suit that this type of expenditure on the part of city employees was not unusual and that they knew of no police department policy requiring it be reported. As part of a settlement reached, the city agreed to pay the two employees $25,000. In exchange, Perez and Hall will drop all charges against the city. [MARSHALL NEWS: WRONGFUL TERMINATION]

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Published on Jan-3-08


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