Two former Burkburnett police officers have resigned from their new jobs. This, the same day as news of a lawsuit they were named-in surfaced.
Justin Perron and Ernest Terry are among seven current and former Burkburnett police officers named in a civil suit filed last week in Federal District Court. They resigned yesterday from their new part-time positions with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Kenny Lemons said he wouldn't comment on why the two resigned, but they did so on good terms with his office.
The suit also names the City of Burkburnett as a defendant. The plaintiffs allege police brutality and the filing of false charges. The attorney for the plaintiffs, Rick Bunch, said this problem has been going on in Burk for years, and the city and Police Chief Mike Tracey have let it continue.
Perron said he didn't want to comment publicly. He and Burkburnett City Manager Mike Slye said, once the suit is actually served, they will respond in court not the press. Perron did, however, say that he resigned because, "the one-sided media attention that has taken place in some media outlets has nothing to do with Sheriff Lemons, the Clay County Sheriff's Office or the citizens of Clay County."
Calls to Ernest Terry were not returned.