- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two Lincoln police officers investigated for steroids have filed a federal lawsuit, alleging fellow officers subjected them to unlawful policing.

Officers Tim Cronin and Josh Fullerton weren’t charged or punished in the criminal and internal investigations that started in the fall of 2015, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2slWZwh ) reported.

The civil rights lawsuit filed Monday alleges the two officers were subjected to unlawful arrest and illegally denied access to their attorney. Their lawyer, Douglas Philips, said the officers’ property also was unlawfully searched.

The lawsuit was filed against several officers, including the former police chief and a narcotics unit captain.

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said department officials are evaluating the officers’ claims and working with the city attorney’s office to review previously completed internal investigations.

The steroid investigation stems from an instance in which Cronin purchased legal supplements for working out and lifting weights from a friend’s store in central Ohio, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Cronin texted his friend, who was accused of selling illegal steroids, about his rights in dealing with law enforcement. Police in Ohio sent the vague text messages to Lincoln police.

A narcotics sergeant detained Cronin at a police station in September 2015, according to the lawsuit. The sergeant told Cronin he was being criminally investigated and wasn’t under arrest, but didn’t allow him to leave.

According to his attorney, Cronin was interviewed without being read his Miranda rights, and a narcotics unit captain used statements from that interview to obtain warrants to search his home and vehicle and for his blood and urine.

The lawsuit alleges investigators searched a vehicle not covered by the warrant. Philips said investigators didn’t find anything illicit as they detained Cronin for six hours.

Fullerton also wasn’t read his Miranda rights, according to Philips. Police said they seized a supplement from Fullerton during the investigation, but that tests concluded it didn’t contain illegal substances.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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