BALTIMORE, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of DISCEPOLO LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of former Baltimore City Police Department Detective Joseph Crystal against Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Sergeant Robert Amador, and the Baltimore City Police Department with allegations of First Amendment Freedom of Speech retaliation, violation of Maryland wage and hour law, and constructive discharge in retaliation for reporting to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office an unjustified 2011 physical assault of a drug suspect by other Baltimore City police officers. The Federal Lawsuit is Crystal v Batts. et al, filed in the United States District Court of Maryland, Northern Division, case 1:14-cv-03989-JKB.
"We support Joseph Crystal in his efforts to uphold the Oath of Office he so proudly took as a police officer for the City of Baltimore. The actions he has taken are a measured attempt to maintain the integrity of the many fine men and women in law enforcement who uphold and respect the law and policies of their respective departments on a daily basis, giving the badge they wear the honor it deserves," stated Crystal's attorney, Don Discepolo. "Actions like those taken within the Baltimore City Police Department tarnish the badge of law enforcement, add to the growing tension between police and community, and form an ever more divisive sense of trust within the public at-large. Joseph Crystal acted in good faith, as any responsible individual citizen would, and we are proud to represent him for his courageousness in standing tall against poor judgment and inexcusable actions of his colleagues and superiors."
Attorney Don Discepolo has considerable experience representing many members of the law enforcement community and police organizations, and has represented numerous clients regarding such cases. He founded DISCEPOLO LLP in 1998 with the philosophy: to be the best-prepared attorneys in the room.
If you or someone you know is involved in the law enforcement community or a police organization and may be in need of legal counsel and representation, please call DISCEPOLO LLP today at (410) 296-0780.
SOURCE DISCEPOLO LLP