Former police officer files suit over firing

By The Mercury

A former Riley County Police Department officer has filed suit in district court seeking damages stemming from his removal from the force.

Ernest Hamilton, who was terminated by RCPD director Brad Schoen, filed the action asking for reinstatement, restoration of salary and benefits and court costs.

Hamilton was an officer from 1997 until being removed in October 2010. In a decision upheld last year by the Riley County Law Board, he was let go for various actions Schoen judged to have been inappropriate.

Those actions included not following police procedures when pursuing a motorcycle that failed to pull over and submit to a traffic stop in 2009, and later exceeding the speed limit and rolling through “Stop” signs without activating his lights and sirens while driving to the scene of a violent crime.

Hamilton said in documents filed with his suit that Schoen wrongly interpreted or applied the law, and failed to follow prescribed procedures. He also contended that the record did not support Schoen’s action and failed to consider Hamilton’s good police record.

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