The suit alleges that the firings of Clark, Anthony Romano and Joel
Francis, were unlawful and racially motivated. The plaintiffs claim that O'Malley, who was the mayor at the time, and Tyler ordered a police raid on the plaintiffs offices, and that the four officers helped carry it out. According to the suit, a SWAT team detained the plaintiffs and removed documents from their offices.
The suit seeks 10 million dollars in compensatory damages and 10 million dollars in punitive damages for alleged violations of constitutional and civil rights.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese says the suit has "no merit."
A separate suit by Clark was dismissed, then reinstated on appeal. A decision on an appeal of the reinstatement is pending.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Kevin Clark Sues O'Malley
Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Clark has filed suit in federal court, fighting his firing three years ago. Governor O'Malley is named as a defendant.
Posted by Mark Newgent at 9:42 AM