- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) - A journalist has filed a federal lawsuit against Baker City and its police chief, claiming officers retaliated against him after he wrote an editorial that was critical of the agency.

Journalist Brian Addison filed the lawsuit Thursday that says police harassed him and tried to get him fired in 2014 from a new job.

The suit alleges the retaliation stemmed from a 2008 editorial in the Record-Courier in which Addison criticized a Baker City police canine unit for patrolling a high school gymnasium with drug-sniffing dogs during a basketball game. The editorial called the “random search by a canine unit” a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner told The Oregonian (https://goo.gl/t0pJQp) he hadn’t seen the lawsuit but that the harassment allegations are false.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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