A Richmond Police officer, recently fired over alleged threats about President Obama during a campaign stop in Richmond, has filed a defamation suit.
He's going after the sergeant who reported the alleged threat. He even claims City Hall pressured the former police chief to fire him.
Two officers were accused of making the threatening remarks during the president's campaign stop at VCU's Seigel Center. They were cleared by Secret Service of any wrongdoing, but still fired by Richmond Police.
This lawsuit claims the officer who reported the threat had a grudge, made up the claims to his supervisors, and pressured others to get the officers fired.
According to the defamation lawsuit, Sgt Ronnie L. Brown said he overhead Sgt Kenneth Bayne on his cell phone tell another unnamed officer, "You are right there, aren't you. You have a rifle. You could pop off a couple of rounds - but you may have to shoot yourself."
Bayne is suing Brown for $5.5 million. He claims telephone records reveal the call never took place and that several officers said, "I do not recall any inappropriate comments."
According to the suit, Brown was eventually fired by Richmond Police for talking to the media.
The suit also claims that the mayor's office pressured Bryan Norwood to fire the officers, rather than allowing the Internal Affairs investigation to run its course, saying Dwight Jones "irresponsibly threw due process to the wind and injected himself, drama and politics into the ongoing internal affairs investigation."
Richmond Police declined to comment. We tried, but were unable to reach the mayor's press secretary for comment. We were also unable to reach Ronnie Brown.
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