Lawsuit Filed Against City after St. Paul Cop Photo Released

Posted at: 07/11/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 7:43 AM
By: Jay Kolls

The St. Paul Police Federation has served a civil lawsuit on City Hall.

The federation served the suit Thursday, July 11, on behalf of Officer Matthew Gorans. The police department released squad car video earlier this week of Gorans using pepper spray while attempting to place a suspect under arrest.

Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Gorans has been disciplined and is now appealing that disciplinary action through the grievance process allowed under the federation's collective bargaining agreement with the city.

The president of the federation would not confirm or deny that Gorans filed an appeal of his discipline. But Dave Titus told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the federation served the suit claiming that the city violated Gorans' rights by releasing a photo of him without his written consent.

Titus told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS: "Officer Gorans has been cleared of criminal allegations by two independent agencies, and the Minneapolis City Attorney concluded Gorans used acceptable force under police policy and procedures while arresting Eric Hightower last August."

Titus says the release of Gorans' photo - without his permission - violates Minnesota law.

The St. Paul city attorney declined to comment on the lawsuit, adding that she needed to review the lawsuit before she would comment on it.

The federation has not filed a lawsuit under this statute before but says it would not rule out future lawsuits against the city in the near future.