A Louisville, Ky., police officer who settled a whistleblower complaint against the city for $450,000 in April 2014 is suing the city again for what his lawyer described as “a conscious course of conduct to run him out of the department” because of the previous suit.
According to WDRB Louisville, Officer Barron Morgan filed his second complaint against the city in Jefferson Circuit Court Sept. 29 describing the retaliation he allegedly experienced since the 2014 settlement.
Officer Morgan claimed that his testimony on behalf of another police officer who also sued the city added fuel to Louisville Metro Police Department’s determination to punish him.
Over the summer, Officer Morgan applied for a vacant position within the department’s Complaint Response Unit, but he was passed over despite being the most qualified applicant for the job. He also claims his LMPD superiors wrongfully disciplined him several times in the last few months.
Officer Morgan’s filed his first lawsuit against the city because he was demoted for helping exonerate Jean King, who was thrown in prison for the 1998 murder of a man named Kyle Breeden.
During the course of a separate investigation of a man who fired a shotgun into a house, the suspect freely admitted to him and other officers to killing Mr. Breeden, describing the murder in detail.
Officer Morgan’s immediate supervisor, former LMPD Lieutenant Richard Pearson, supported Officer Morgan’s desire to contact the Kentucky Innocence Project on behalf of King – a move that apparently irked the Kentucky State Police, who complained about it to the LMPD Chief.
Shortly after, Officer Morgan was booted out of the narcotics unit and “forced to return to street patrol,” his recent complaint said.
After the jury sided with Officer Morgan and awarded him $450,000, he testified on behalf of Lt. Pearson, who also sued the city alleging retaliation.
Officer Morgan now seeks a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages for the continued retaliation.
“It’s a shame that one of the highest producing narcotics detectives has been relegated to the ranks of patrol officer through retaliation against him for trying to exonerate an innocent woman,” his lawyer told WDRB. “It’s despicable.”
Source: WDRB Louisville