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Fayette Co. fired police chief's lawsuit revived by W.Va. court

Local - 2/21/2014 8:09 AM by Rebecca Turco
CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Supreme Court revived a former police chief's lawsuit claiming he was unjustly fired.

A Fayette County judge ruled in 2012 that the city of Montgomery and its mayor were immune from former chief Jackie Brown's lawsuit. The judge also rejected Brown's claim that he was entitled to a hearing before being fired.

The Supreme Court agreed with the judge Thursday on the hearing issue but said the city and the mayor are not immune from the lawsuit. The case was sent back to Fayette County Circuit Court.

Brown reportedly claims Mayor James Higgins, Jr. fired him for refusing to install a GPS tracking device on the cruiser driven by a police officer who had filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.

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