A lawsuit has been filed by a former Clinton Police officer naming both the Clinton School District and the City of Clinton as defendants. The suit has been filed by former Clinton Schools School Resource Officer (SRO) Steve Bradley, claiming unfair treatment by the school and the police force.
The suit has been filed in Federal Court, and asks for a jury trial, claiming $175,000 plus additional damages and court costs for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bradley, through his attorney, had filed a memo in September of his intent to sue.
The September memo asked for a $200,000 settlement or a lawsuit would be filed.
In the suit filed by his attorney Robert A. Newcomb of Little Rock, Bradley, who had been a Clinton Police officer, states he had been the Clinton Schools SRO since 2003 who received comp time at time and a half after working over 43 hours in a week.
The changed, the lawsuit claimed, when Superintendent Andrew Vining took over at the school in 2015 and “expressed his displeasure at the number of comp hours that the Plaintiff [Bradley] had accumulated.” Vining then cut his salary and worked to cut his comp time claims, Bradley claimed, finally asking him to sign a flat-rate labor agreement as used for teachers which he refused to do.
This, per his claim, led to him being “terminated” but the Clinton School District and “forced to return to the Clinton Police Department.” There his salary was again lowered and he was assigned the midnight shift with Tuesday through Thursday off, the lawsuit states. This was, the claim continues, despite Bradley being “the most experience (SIC) as a law enforcement officer of those working for the City of Clinton and had been co-employed by the City of Clinton longer than any other officer.”
This, taken together, “compelled the Plaintiff to retire before he maximized his benefits,” the filing states. This, in turn, led to a loss of $175,000, which is the claim in the suit. The suit also asks for damages due to the “…emotional distress and humiliation for having been forced out of a law enforcement career that he had been in for 30 years….”
In the School Board meeting last Wednesday night, the board was told it could not comment on the matter either in public or in executive session.