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An Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against three Oregon police officers in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas.

Jamie Fox, of 810 Mominee, alleges in the lawsuit that he was arrested and detained without probably cause by Sgt. Tony Castillo and officers Lawrence George, Jason Druckenmiller and James Moore, after three women on Nov. 8 made false allegations against him.

Fox claims the women physically assaulted him by striking, assaulting and shoving him in his torso, legs, chest, ribs and head, which caused him to be shoved forcefully down the stairs adjacent to his apartment complex at 3161 Navarre Avenue.

The lawsuit alleges that the officers arrested and detained Fox without probable cause under circumstances where Fox was not yet determined to be in violation of any law or under any warrant from a court.

As a result, states the lawsuit, Fox sustained injury, arrest and false imprisonment.

Fox required medical assistance and hospitalization, and sustained other losses and damages in an amount in excess of $75,000, states the lawsuit.

Fox, states the lawsuit, was charged with burglary, which was ultimately dismissed. Fox also alleged that officers trespassed by entering his home.

Fox is seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages, attorney fees, and costs, in addition to other relief.

Oregon Law Director Paul Goldberg said the lawsuit was without merit.

“We have insurance counsel on it, we’ve already filed an answer, and I’m very comfortable that the case has no merit whatsoever,” said Goldberg. “It’ll go through the process, through discovery, and we’ll be filing a motion for summary judgment at the appropriate time.”

Law firm Spengler Nathanson, which is representing Fox, did not return calls to The Press for comment.

It is the third lawsuit recently been filed against the city.

In October, ex-Police Chief Tom Gulch, who officially retired May 31, filed a lawsuit in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas against the city, claiming he is owed thousands of dollars in accrued sick leave.

Gulch, who was chief for about 10 years, stepped down in December, 2007, following a strained relationship with Mayor Marge Brown. The city placed Gulch on administrative leave, with full pay and benefits, until he officially retired in May.

The lawsuit states that the city did not pay Gulch half of his accrued sick leave benefit, or $36,934.48, which is paid to all city officials who retire. The city claims Gulch was not paid because he did not retire and was employed by the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department.

Gulch is seeking compensatory damages of $36,934.48, pre-judgment interest on the payout amount from June 1, 2008, to the date of payment, attorney fees and costs, and “for such other and further relief as justice and equity may require,” according to the lawsuit.

Also in October, Kelly Thibert, an Oregon police officer since March, 1993, filed a lawsuit in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas against the City of Oregon, the Oregon police department, Mayor Marge Brown, and Police Chief Richard Stager for alleged sex discrimination and retaliation for her deposition in a lawsuit filed by a female officer against the city for sex discrimination in 2004.

Thibert alleges that Stager and Brown “acted with reckless disregard” for her rights, according to the lawsuit.

“These actions were motivated by Sgt. Thibert’s sex, her participation in prior proceedings concerning allegations of discrimination, and her good-faith reports of discriminatory conduct,” states the lawsuit.

Goldberg has said the city will mount a “vigorous defense” against the lawsuit.



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