Former Fort Worth Police Chief Files Lawsuit Against City

Austin York
June 07, 2019 - 6:47 pm
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A suit has been filed by former Fort Worth chief Joel Fitzgerald against the city, following his firing.

Fitzgerald's attorney Stephen Kennedy says the his client was fired for doing exactly what he was hired to do, clean up the department which had numerous lawsuits filed against it for racial discrimination.

But he says despite a good reputation, Fitzgerald ruffled some feathers.

"Many of the old school officers within the department, openly challenged Dr. Fitzgerald as too strict. They did not appreciate his reputation for requiring officers to maintain a squeaky clean by the book professionalism," he says.

The lawsuit, also alleges that the city fired Fitzgerald in retaliation for reporting to officials, including the FBI, that the city was not in compliance with federal regulations.

The lawsuit claims Fitzgerald was fired two hours before he was to meet with the FBI to provide documentation to support his whistleblower report.

The city fired Fitzgerald citing several other reasons. Kennedy refutes each one in the lawsuit.

In a statement, the city manager's office calls the allegations absurd and says the city stands by its decision to fire Fitzgerald.