- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon State Police trooper who made headlines when he was ejected from a University of Oregon football game has sued his employer, saying state police higher-ups threatened to fire him after he accused a lieutenant of illegally searching a motor home.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports (https://is.gd/sZ5W3w ) the $1.6 million lawsuit was filed Thursday by Marc Boyd in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

Boyd previously sued the city of Eugene and one of its police officers, alleging he was roughed up and wrongfully detained at an Oregon Ducks game in October 2013. That case remains unresolved.

In the latest federal suit, Boyd says he was told he’d be fired after accusing a lieutenant of searching the motor home without probable cause in March 2013.

The lawsuit says one OSP captain warned Boyd in writing not to discuss the incident and another told a troopers’ union official that he intended to investigate Boyd for “every minor infraction or perceived infraction” in retaliation for the complaint.

According to the lawsuit, Boyd was later told by two officials that state police intended to fire him once a series of internal investigations against him were completed.

State police spokesman Lt. Josh Brooks said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. The newspaper says Brooks did not respond to an emailed request for comment on Boyd’s job status. The lawsuit states that Boyd, who was suspended after the Autzen Stadium incident, remains employed by the agency.

Boyd’s lawsuit claims several civil rights violations, including one that alleges he was denied his due-process rights in relation to the internal investigations that resulted in his suspension, and another accusing his bosses of retaliating against him when he exercised his right to free speech and reported the alleged wrongdoing.


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

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