- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland police officer has sued the city in federal court after being disciplined for writing a Facebook post in support of his colleagues after six officers were indicted for their roles in a chase that led to the fatal shooting of two unarmed civilians.

Sgt. Johnny Hamm says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Chief Calvin Williams gave him 10 days off without pay for his Facebook post. The contents of the post were not included in the lawsuit. The complaint says Williams violated Hamm’s right to free expression and his right to due process because the chief oversaw the disciplinary hearing and then meted out Hamm’s punishment.

Hamm is seeking back pay and $500,000. His attorney declined to comment. A city spokesman did not return calls Thursday.


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