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Posted: Wednesday, 06 August 2014 1:30AM

Former Deputy Public Safety Director DiBrito Suing St. Joseph In Federal Court



A federal lawsuit is pending against the city of St. Joseph, City Manager Richard Lewis and Public Safety Director Mark Clapp. It has been filed by former Deputy Public Safety Director Al DiBrito, alleging violation of DiBrito's free speech rights, a violation of the Whistleblowers Protection Act, tortious interference and defamation in connection with his firing on May 6. The lawsuit contends the firing has damaged DiBrito's reputation, caused emotional distress and is preventing him from finding a new job. Lewis gave a very brief statement to reporters after firing DiBrito in May after several internal investigations.

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Clapp was also suspended for five days at the same time. DiBrito's lawsuit seeks payment of lost wages both past and future, money for lost fringe and retirement benefits and unspecified compensatory damages. He is asking for a jury trial. WSJM News will speak with DiBrito's attorney, John Smietanka, later today. St. Joseph Mayor Mike Garey - who is not a target of the lawsuit - declined comment Tuesday night.

   

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