Former Officer Suing City

A former Lexington police officer who arrested country music star John Michael Montgomery has filed another lawsuit, this one aimed at getting his old job back.

Former officer Joshua Cromer sued yesterday over the internal affairs investigation that led to his firing in February.

Cromer's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, one day after he sued Montgomery in Fayette County Circuit Court. That lawsuit alleges that Montgomery slandered Cromer when he spoke to investigators about his February 2006 DUI arrest.

In the federal case, Cromer alleged that the investigation violated his due process rights, liberty interests, Fifth Amendment rights and Kentucky laws often referred to as the Police Officer Bill of Rights.

Cromer accuses his investigators, Major Michael Bosse and Lieutenant Ron Compton, of false imprisonment, abuse of process and extortion. He is also suing the Urban County Government and Police Chief
Anthany Beatty for alleged negligent supervision.

A spokeswoman for the city declined to comment, as did Compton.
Beatty referred questions to Bosse, who could not be reached.

Cromer is asking for his job back and a jury trial. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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