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Protestors: $4 million claim by former Spokane police Sergeant not fair

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Several dozen people gathered in downtown Spokane Wednesday afternoon to protest the claim brought against the City of Spokane by former Police Sergeant Bradley Thoma. 

They're asking that Thoma withdraw that claim, which alleges a wrongful termination of his position following a DUI arrest. In September, Thoma crashed his car into another car at a red light. He then drove away from the scene, but was followed by that car until Thoma eventually stopped in the Yoke's parking lot in north Spokane County. 

Thoma was found to have a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.17, 0.08 is the legal limit to drive. He was arrested and eventually charged with a DUI. As part of his deferred prosecution, Thoma was forced to install an Ignition Interlock Device in any car he drove. That became problematic when it came to whether he would have to install the device in his police cruiser. 

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick would not allow a police vehicle to have that interlock device and would not allow Thoma to drive a city vehicle without that device. Eventually, Chief Kirkpatrick fired Thoma. Shortly after his termination, Thoma brought a $4 Million claim against the city alleging wrongful termination. His lawyer says more could have been done to keep Thoma's job, including an office position.

The group protesting Thoma's claim says law enforcement should be held accountable to the same standards the public is held. 

The city has until March to respond to Thoma's claim. If it refuses to pay, Thoma can then file suit against the city. At the time of his termination, Thoma had been making $91,000 per year.

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