A civil lawsuit filed in federal district court against the city of Burkburnett and seven Burk police officers is causing a stir.
The lawsuit alleges the use of excessive force and the filing of bogus charges. In the suit, the plaintiffs Robert and Bernice Head, John Edward Muller and Eduardo Salazar III say, in separate instances, they were roughed up by Burk police officers and brought up on phoney charges. The officers named in the suit are former officers Terry and Perron, Officers Hopkins, J. Gonzales, C. Keeling and S. Barnes and Sergeant Morgan.
Civil rights lawyer rick bunch said beyond the injuries to his clients, this suit comes down to one key point, "Bad cops like that hurt law enforcement officers... Every police officer in this county, every police officer in the state agrees with us that cops like that need to be taken care of."
After the news of the suit became public, two of the officers named in the suit resigned from their new jobs. Justin Perron and Ernest Terry had been hired as part time employees with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Kenny Lemons says they resigned in good standing.