- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The lawyer for a former Springfield police employee says he plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss the worker’s civil rights lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken last week granted the city’s motion for summary judgment in a First Amendment case brought by Thelma Barone, the police department’s former multicultural liaison.

The ruling bars the case from going to trial.

Attorney Andrew Lewinter tells The Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/2okrHEy ) an appeal will be filed because he and his client believe the judge got it wrong.

Barone filed suit in 2015, days after then-Springfield Police Chief Tim Doney fired her.

Barone alleges she was fired in retaliation for her answering questions from the public about racial profiling.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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