A former Hulbert police officer is taking the town to court in a wrongful termination suit filed Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court.

Steven Brackett filed a notice of claim against the town of Hulbert last year following his termination.

The claim for damages must be filed prior to an actual lawsuit.

Brackett’s suit states he was employed by the department Aug. 8, 2006, when he told his employer that illegal practices were taking place by the Hulbert Police Department – namely, that members of the police force were improperly dismissing tickets or failing to prosecute tickets in exchange for money or other items of value.

The suit also alleges “certain individuals” were given special treatment by the police department, and that officers were profiling members of the community and were instructed to pull over these stereotypical individuals without cause.

Brackett said when he informed Hulbert officials of this activity, his immediate supervisor, Police Chief Jim Morgan, forced and intimidated Brackett into resigning. The suit alleges the actions of the officials constitute a wrongful termination.

The suit also states the actions violate the state’s Whistleblower Act and his civil rights.

He wants damages, attorney fees and other relief to which he may be entitled. Todd Hembree, a local attorney, represents Brackett.


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