- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A former police officer is suing the eastern Oregon city of Stanfield, arguing he was fired in retaliation for reporting concerns about a lieutenant’s conduct.

Ryan McBride’s whistleblower lawsuit filed in Umatilla County Circuit Court seeks $500,000 for emotional distress, anger and humiliation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive says (https://bit.ly/2jhqnzO ) that McBride alleges he was fired in October 2015 without a termination letter or explanation. His lawsuit says the police chief extended his probation an extra six months shortly after McBride shared concerns about his supervisor’s behavior.

According to a statement another officer made to Oregon Justice Department officials, McBride was put on leave after he reportedly showed up drunk, while not on duty, to help an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who had driven off the road.

Stanfield City Manager W. Blair Larsen says McBride was fired for failing to be forthright about that night and the lawsuit mischaracterizes what occurred.

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

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