Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
Cleveland-area physicians file federal First Amendment suit to restore their right to free speech
September 3, 2010
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
According to DeCrane’s motion for leave to add claims to his Complaint:
DeCrane’s existing lawsuit alleges that the City of Cleveland retaliated against him because it thought he told a Cleveland.com reporter that the City promoted a fire chief who was not properly certified to be a firefighter. That chief was relieved of duties, and retired two weeks later.
According to his Complaint, DeCrane did not inform the press, but he did inform Assistant Safety Director Edward Eckart seven months before the scandal broke. Eckart did not address the problem, but brought DeCrane up on false charges instead to conceal Eckart's responsibility for the promotion, and drove DeCrane from the Division of Fire.
Patrick Kabat, one of DeCrane’s attorneys, said: “Policies like these are dangerous, permitting official retaliation against inconvenient truths, and deterring firefighters from warning the public about issues that might embarrass their superiors. We shouldn’t expect our firefighters to risk what Sean endured to warn us about wrongdoing in the Division of Fire. They risk enough.”
Subodh Chandra, Ashlie Case Sletvold, and Patrick Haney of The Chandra Law Firm, LLC, www.ChandraLaw.com, also represent DeCrane. The lawsuit is pending in federal court before Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and captioned Sean DeCrane v. Edward Eckart et al., No. 1:16-cv-2647.