(Neb)-Harassment Lawsuit Against WING Board Members Dismissed
LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal judge has dismissed a civil rights and harassment lawsuit filed against Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman, Cheyenne County Sheriff John Jenson, and Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer.
Nebraska Crime Commission staffers Lisa Stamm, chief of the grants division, and Vanessa Humaran, a federal aid administrator, accused the trio of trying to discredit and harass them after WING was denied an expected grant last year, but Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf ruled in a 32-page finding that they failed to make their case.
A separate Nebraska State Patrol investigation into the allegations determined that no criminal activity was committed by any of the defendants, which include the 3 law enforcement officials as both individuals and in their official capacities. The two counties and Scottsbluff were also defendants.
The lawsuit alleged that Spencer improperly used a state criminal background database to do 2 criminal background searches on Humaran, that Jenson did a similar search on Stamm, and that Jenson and Overman made "frivolous" complaints to the Attorney General's Office.
It also claimed they sent a Facebook posting by Stamm in support of medical marijuana to Attorney General Doug Peterson and made several phone calls to the Crime Commission to try to get an investigation launched against her.
Lincoln attorney Kathleen Neary, who represented Stamm and Humaran, accused Spencer, Jenson, and Overman of engaging in a "clear abuse of power" by using a government-funded database to "target people they perceive as their enemies.”
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