(Neb)-GoFundMe Page Raising Money For Fired NSP Trooper
LINCOLN - A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up on the internet to support the family of former Nebraska State Trooper Tim Flick, fired after a review of an alleged mishandling of two internal investigations in the Panhandle.
The Nebraska State Troopers Association, the union representing the troopers, is covering the legal costs of fighting the firing but office administrator Tera Johnson told KNEB Radio the GoFundMe page is intended to help Flick and his family meet normal living expenses.
The page - Flicks, We've Got Your Six - has a goal of $25,000 and had raised $10,311 through 103 donors as of 11:00 Tuesday night. Johnson hopes the final total will far exceed $25,000 since the money is to help the Flick family.
Flick operated out of the Patrol's Chadron office and many of the contributors are from the Panhandle. Many donations came from those in or associated with law enforcement, but many others are not. Most contributions were between $50 and $100, but the Troopers Association and one family each contributed $1,000.
Johnson says many people wrote either through letters or comments on the site that they are praying for the Flick family and believe he has been the scapegoat in the Patrol investigation, which centered on accusations that senior Patrol officials had interfered in the internal investigations of two Panhandle incidents
Flick, a 20-year veteran of the Patrol who was wounded 3 times during a 2012 standoff in downtown Alliance that lasted more than12 hours, was at the center of one of the internal investigations after the fatal crash near Gordon of a car he was chasing.
The investigation focused on whether Flick had used a driving tactic intended to safely spin out a vehicle, then later changed his story under the urging of or pressure from superiors to say the fleeing vehicle had swerved into him before he could engage the tactic.
A Sheridan County grand jury into the death cleared Flick of wrong doing, but attorney Joe Stecher of Harrison, a former U-S Attorney, was appointed last fall to investigate whether there was criminal misconduct in light of the state's investigation of the Patrol. Stecher could release his findings later this month.
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