Sep 13, 2012 5:56 PM by Erin Steuber
September 14 nine current, and former, Lafayette police officers who are suing their superiors and local government will be in federal court. KATC has learned three of the officers are no longer working for the department as this week.
As you recall, the officers asked for a restraining order against two of their superiors, to include Police Chief Jim Craft, and Lafayette Consolidated Government. The restraining order was denied, and the case was dismissed in district court in May. Two weeks later, the officers filed a federal suit still alleging corruption, racial discrimination and physical threats
But why are the officers no longer working at LPD? There won't be any answers until after their federal court date. All of the officers involved, their attorneys, and the defendants, and their attorneys, in the case are cited in a gag order filed September 5.
The gag order was issued after the defendants, including the police chief and Consolidated Government, filed a protective order claiming harrassment, and citing the officers "abuse of the court system" by continuing to file lawsuits. According to a public records request made by KATC's Erin Steuber, the two officers who are no longer employed as of September 12 are Scott Poiencot and Greg Cormier. Both officers have been working for the department for more than 10 years. A third officer, Gabe Thompson, left the department September 11. All three officers have been listed in the suit since the beginning.
Again, no reasoning being given as to why. September 14 both sides will be in federal court for an evidentiary hearing. At that point, the gag order may be lifted. It will be the first time both sides are in court since the case was dismissed in district court in May.
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