Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
Former Mahoning County prosecutor reports misconduct; endures retaliation, including defamation
March 21, 2018
Monday, March 6, 2023
East Liverpool, OH – Today Former East Liverpool Police Officer Christopher ("Chris") Green, who received national recognition for his work combating drug crimes, filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit [AMENDED 3/8] in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio today. The complaint alleges that Green “engaged in constitutionally protected free speech—as a private citizen—by reporting allegations of misconduct and criminal behavior by other police officers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” including “thefts,” “unconstitutional searches, seizures, arrests, and prosecutions,” “false accusation(s),” “interference and obstruction into drug investigation,” and “use of excessive force against a handcuffed, detained, and non-threatening individual.”
According to the amended complaint, Green reported the following alleged incidents to the FBI, among others:
Following Officer Green’s reports to the FBI, the suit alleges, “East Liverpool Mayor Gregory Bricker, Safety Service Director David Dawson, Captain Fred Flati, Captain Darin Morgan, Captain Chad Tatgenhorst, and Officer Robert "Moose" Ramsey (the last of East Liverpool Township) engaged in a retaliatory campaign to investigate and report false and fraudulent allegations against Green, which resulted in his unlawful suspension and termination from the police department.”
The complaint alleges that the defendants engaged in federal violations of:
The lawsuit also alleges that the City of East Liverpool recklessly hired and retained officers it knew were unfit for duty because of their bad behavior, causing harm to Green.
Green is represented by Subodh Chandra and Donald P. Screen of The Chandra Law Firm LLC. The matter is also being co-counseled by Martin P. Desmond—himself once a victim of retaliation when he reported unconstitutional misconduct occurring in former-Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains’s office. In that case, Mr. Desmond, who was represented by Chandra Law, obtained a $550,000 settlement. Gains resigned in the middle of his term a few months after the case was settled.
Chandra Law and Desmond also recently teamed-up in the case of Morrison v. Mahoning County, et al., which alleged civil-rights violations, civil liability for criminal acts, defamation, and other state-law claims against several Mahoning County public officials, including the commissioners, county administrator, and prosecuting attorney.
Subodh Chandra, one of Green's attorneys, said, “The allegations in this complaint should concern anyone who cares about integrity in policing and government. Chris Green didn't deserve to be fired for reporting his concerns about misconduct to the FBI. We ask anyone who has information about the complaint’s allegations or related matters to reach out to us as EastLiverpoolPoliceMisconduct@ChandraLaw.com."
The case is captioned Green v. City of East Liverpool, et al., N.D. Ohio Case No. 4:23-cv-00445, and is assigned to United States District Judge John R. Adams A copy of the amended federal complaint may be viewed here.
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