Saline law enforcement officials, including chief, named in pair of lawsuits
POSTED SEPT. 12, 2009
A pair of lawsuits are pending involving several Saline County law enforcement officials, including Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane.
Lane, who has been chief less than nine months, is one of 13 defendants named in a sexual discrimination suit that stems from allegations made while Lane was a captain with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
The suit, filed in federal court in Little Rock, alleges that the defendants discriminated against three female employees at the sheriff's office. The suit further alleges that the defendants then retaliated against the employees after the women filed their complaint.
One of the women, Stephanie Cloos, is from Hensley. The other two are from North Little Rock.
The women allege, among other things, that they were verbally abused, denied promotion and training opportunities and generally harassed.
The trial started Tuesday.
A pair of Saline County probation officers and a sheriff's deputy are named in another federal suit that alleges that the three violated the constitutional rights of Madison and Agnes Wilson during an allegedly improper search of the Wilsons' residence.
Probation officers Angela Easterling and Ken Ogden, Deputy Bobby Teague and Sheriff Bruce Pennington are named in the suit, along with a "John Doe" defendant.
Madison Wilson is on probation for felony assault and terroristic threatening. Agnes Wilson is his mother. The two are seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.