Fired Officer Sues to Regain Police Job
Wilson, Mark, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)
Former Evansville Police Cpl. Mike Winters is suing the city seeking his old job back after being fired last month. Winters was fired by the Police Merit Commission in July after admitting to an incident in which he grabbed a 16-year-old student in the crotch while working as a school liaison officer at the EVSC's Academy of Innovative Studies.
The complaint was filed Friday in Vanderburgh Circuit Court by Winters' attorney, Charles Berger. It asks the court to find that there was not substantial evidence to support the Merit Commission's decision to fire him and to order Winters' reinstatement to his rank of corporal with all back pay.
Berger said state law does allow for plaintiffs to seek damages in such situations.
On July 22, the commission voted 2-1 to follow Police Chief Billy Bolin's recommendation and fire Winters' after a nearly sixhour hearing that included testimony from 15 people, including Winters. Bolin had also suspended Winters from work without pay for 21 days.
Winters had been employed at the police department for 30 years, beginning in 1983, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says that the decision violated state law and the Evansville Police Department's own rules and regulations but does not cite specific laws and rules. …