|Published:||Mar 31, 2011 1:32 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 30, 2011 10:34 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- The City of Marco Island and it's Police Chief are under fire. A former veteran cop is suing, claiming he was unfairly fired for being a whistle blower within the department.
The lawsuit claims the former Lieutenant was jerked around, and eventually fired by Police Chief Thom Carr. He says it was retaliation after he cautioned the Chief for arriving to a crime scene intoxicated. But not everyone's buying the accusations.
In the lawsuit filed on Monday, former Lt. Cliff Morine claims he was mistreated for his actions at a murder scene in May 2009.
Morine says Police Chief Thom Carr showed up drunk. The suit claims Carr "arrived at the scene there in an intoxicated state... using his vehicle to lean on for balance and to prevent falling."
The lawsuit continues, saying Morine noticed "Carr's speech was slurred," and "his eyes were very glassy and bloodshot."
Morine says he asked his Chief to get in the passenger seat of his patrol car, but instead, the lawsuit claims Carr "got in the driver seat and sped away from the scene."
Morine says after the incident his schedule was constantly shifted, he was removed from special duties and training, and eventually fired in July of 2010.
Chief Carr declined to comment on camera, but over the phone, he told WINK News this is a case of a "disgruntled employee".
Fellow Marco Island leaders agree.
"I would probably take it as somewhat of a slap in the face. I know he's been very good to his men, very loyal to his men," Marco Island City Councilman Wayne Waldack said on Wednesday.
Waldack's worked side-by-side with Carr for years, and says these allegations are completely out of character.
"You stand behind those people that do good service for the community. And Chief Carr has done exactly that. Done nothing but good community service," Waldack said.
Morine is asking for compensation for his loss of pay and benefits. He's also asking for punitive damages against Carr. The City of Marco Island's attorney declined to comment for this story.