ILNews

Ex-officer says he was fired for whistle-blowing

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A former police officer and council member in an Ohio River city said in a federal lawsuit that he was fired for blowing the whistle on public corruption.

Doug Taylor's federal lawsuit accuses Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr and other city officials of ghost employment, theft of public funds and other misconduct.

Taylor claims he was fired from his job on the police department for publishing a report exposing wrongdoing by officials. The lawsuit says Taylor had been a police officer for 22 years before he was fired last September.

The lawsuit was filed July 25 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

The mayor and city attorney didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment Friday. Questions were referred to the city's marketing director, who did not immediately respond.

The Indianapolis Star reported late last year that various government officials had supported grants from casino money for companies to which they had close family or financial ties. In most cases, those connections were not disclosed, the Star said.

The report involved a committee of state and local officials that recommends how to spend $10 million a year in revenue from Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg. The grant program is intended to stimulate economic development in economically challenged Southeast Indiana.

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Tim Horty said Friday that he could neither confirm nor deny whether there is any federal investigation of Lawrenceburg public officials.

.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe to Indiana Lawyer
  1. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  2. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  3. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  4. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  5. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

ADVERTISEMENT