Reinstated Whitehouse police captain sues city, seeks at least $100K
WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - One of the officers reinstated following a May 14 incident has sued the City of Whitehouse.
Captain Curtis Dinger is suing the city for more than $100,000, but not more than $200,000. According to the lawsuit, the city violated the Texas Whistleblower Act when it placed Dinger on paid administrative leave. Dinger says police chief Craig Shelton and city manager Kevin Huckabee placed him on leave after they acquired knowledge that Dinger was investigating criminal allegations against them.
Dinger alleges that the actions taken against him by the city are likely to dissuade other Whitehouse employees from reporting a violation by the city or another employee.
In addition to monetary relief, Dinger seeks relief from further retaliation against him in violation of the Whistleblower Act, actual damages (including, but not limited to, amounts lost from private security work), court costs, compensatory damages (including, but not limited to, future pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life), according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Dinger attempted to allow the city of Whitehouse to resolve his dispute without litigation, but the city did not respond to his correspondence.
According to the lawsuit, Dinger has many years of law enforcement and military experience.
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