Abilene police officer suing Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge and the City of Abilene

KTXS News has discovered a lawsuit that has been filed by an Abilene Police Department lieutenant against the City of Abilene and Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge.

Abilene Police Department Lt. Brad McGary was fired from his position in 2017, but was later reinstated by APD.

McGary said that since he has returned to work, he has been unfairly treated.

In March of 2017, McGary, a veteran police officer with over 20 years of experience, was suspended indefinitely by Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge for several offenses, including use of force and not respecting other employees.

*** EDITORS NOTE: This story originally said McGary had a complaint for "excessive use of force." It was actually for "use of force."

According to Terry Boone with Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas, McGary received the complaint for "negligently discharging his taser" at the Taylor County Law Enforcement Center ***

McGary then appealed his termination to the Civil Service Commission, according to the lawsuit, “after a full evidentiary hearing on the matter, the commission reversed the plaintiff's indefinite suspension and reduced the plaintiff's discipline to a 90-day suspension."

In the lawsuit, McGary claims that he has been treated unfairly since returning to work.

McGary claims that he was not "returned to his duties as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division."

Instead, McGary said that he was put on desk duty, where he has been "assigned tasks not in keeping with his rank, nor with the duties, assigned to all other Lieutenants in the department."

In the lawsuit, McGary is claiming that he is performing duties usually assigned to an administrative sergeant, such as grant writing and coordinating events.

The lawsuit also alleges that Standridge demeaned McGary by "a refusal to acknowledge his rank and refusal to return him to a supervisory position."

McGary is claiming that he is the only lieutenant in the Abilene Police Department that is not allowed to supervise, advise or give orders to police officers that are lower in rank.

The lawsuit goes on by saying that the Abilene Police Department holds regular staff meetings and that all police officers above the rank of sergeant attend the staff meetings, but Standridge has refused to allow McGary to attend those staff meetings.

The lawsuit is requesting that McGary be reinstated to his position in the patrol division that he claims that was granted by the Civil Service Commission's ruling to reinstate his employment.

McGary is also seeking damages if deemed appropriate by the court, along with attorney fees.

KTXS News spoke with McGrady's attorney, Terry Boone, on Wednesday, who released the following statement, which read in part, "The department was ordered to return Lt. McGary to work as a lieutenant, we intend to show that the department has not followed the decisions by the commission."

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge released at statement to KTXS News regarding the lawsuit situation, which can be read in full below:

The City of Abilene cannot provide comment on ongoing litigation. However, the city can acknowledge that Lt. Brad McGary was suspended by the police department, and the Civil Service Commission upheld a 90-day suspension related to two violations of policy: Use of Force (Safe Handling of Conducted Electrical Weapons) and General Rules of Conduct (Conduct and Behavior and Respect for Fellow Employees). As such, the District Attorney's Office and the City Attorney's Office classified Lt. Brad McGary as a Brady Officer pursuant to the Michael Morton Act.
The City believes the Plaintiff's complaint (Brad McGary) is baseless and intends to defend against all allegations.

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