Former cop to file suit against multiple entities
LAWRENCE CO.—Dave Dooley has become our new hero.
The former journalist-turned-cop has notified various entities, through his attorney (also one of our favorite people—really, we’re not just saying this), H. Kent Heller of Mattoon, that it is his intention to file suit against the various entities of Lawrence County who cost him his job last year when he was arrested and charged with a bogus weapons violation.
We were informed this morning that Dooley is bringing suit against Lawrence County as an entity, the city of Bridgeport, Bridgeport’s idiot mayor Max Schauf, Lawrence County deputy Trent Masterson, and potentially others for violating his civil rights last year when Dooley was arrested and charged with Selling/Giving a Weapon to a person with No Valid Firearms Owner’s Identification Card.
The whole thing has been recounted several times here and in print, but here it is in a nutshell: Dooley was friends with a former soldier, Mark Leroy Boren, and they used to target shoot on weekends. Dooley left his .22 pistol at Boren’s house in November 2010, where there was a subsequent fire that damaged the home heavily. Upon response to it, fire officials found that Boren had an alleged pot grow operation and amounts of other controlled substances in his house, and Boren was busted on that. Dooley, however, was busted about a week and a half later on the weapons charge.
Everyone in the world wondered why this arrest and charge occurred at all. It wasn’t until we at Disclosure learned that Masterson and B’port cop Scott Murray had sat in Lawrence prosecutor Lisa Wade’s office for hours trying to “come up” with something to charge Dooley with did the public get an inkling into the level of corruption that covers Lawrence. Based solely on Bridgeport’s desire to see Dooley off the force as a Bridgeport cop—reportedly because Dooley was uncovering various illegal antics Schauf was involved in—Wade was convinced to charge Dooley with the most ridiculous of counts. It was ridiculous because Dooley neither sold nor gave a weapon to Boren…and, when it finally got into court, Dooley’s attorney, Brian Shinkle, was able to show the judge that Boren did indeed have a valid FOID card. As we predicted when the story broke in December, the case was thrown out. And, as we predicted at that time, it’s now headed to a courtroom so Dooley and recover wages and other compensation lost when Bridgeport finally terminated him.
Bridgeport didn’t terminate him for this incident (we know what the termination cause was but aren’t at liberty to say right now). However, the grief he went through, via what he’s rightfully calling “malicious prosecution,” is enough. We hope he prevails.
It isn’t like Lawrence nor Bridgeport can afford another lawsuit. This is the fifth such one that they will lose, these dating back about 7 years, for the county; and the third such one for Bridgeport. Many ended up in federal court, as this one will likely as well, since it’s a civil rights issue.
We’ve put in a call to Dooley, and will have more on this in the upcoming print version in just under two weeks….pick up your copy for the full story.
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