Portage cop, city settle lawsuit
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 31, 2013 6:20PM
Updated: February 3, 2014 3:44PM
The city of Portage has settled a lawsuit filed by one of its police officers who claimed he was wrongly punished for publicly supporting a mayoral candidate.
Roger Peele sued the city in May 2009, claiming he was moved in May 2007 from his position as a detective to one of a station officer immediately after he said in public he was supporting then-mayoral candidate Steve Charnetzky, who was running against Olga Velazquez, who eventually won.
Peele also noted in his lawsuit that the city told a local newspaper he had been disciplined. The suit claimed the city had deprived him of his rights by their actions and asked for $1 million.
The notice of settlement, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond on Tuesday, does not indicate the amount of the settlement.