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UPDATE: Council Says 'No' To Thoma Settlement

Former Spokane Police Sgt. Brad Thoma Former Spokane Police Sgt. Brad Thoma
SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE:

The Spokane City Council unanimously rejected the Thoma settlement at Monday night's meeting. Thoma's lawyer has said that he will file a $4,000,000 lawsuit against the City of Spokane and former Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

Previous Coverage:

UPDATE: Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart confirms that the council will move forward with a vote on a potential settlement for former Sgt. Brad Thoma. He told KHQ's Patrick Erickson that the settlement will not be approved, which paves the way for a potential $4,000,000 lawsuit against the city of Spokane and former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

Previous Coverage:

Former Spokane Police Sergeant Brad Thoma's Attorney, Bob Dunn, told KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier on Monday that if the matter with his client is not settled by Wednesday he will file a lawsuit of "at least" four million dollars against the city and former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

The lawsuit is going to be for wrongful discharge for what Dunn says is a violation of the American Disabilities Act.

Thoma, a 20-year-veteran of the Spokane Police Department, was fired back in 2009 for leaving the scene of an accident, under the influence of alcohol. But Thoma and his attorney believe he was wrongfully fired because he is an alcoholic. The American Disabilities Act recognizes alcoholism and he believes the city, even though they knew of the problem, did nothing to help his client get better. The city claims that they did not know of the alcohol issue until after the DUI collision.

The rehiring of Thoma was put on hold last Thursday after Mayor David Condon said that he wants to give the state Human Rights Commission more time to look into the former officer's complaint that the city refused to accommodate his disability as an alcoholic. Last week the mayor said the commission wanted 30 more days to look into the matter.

Marlene Feist with the city of Spokane told KHQ's Alex Rozier Monday that the City Council is expected to table any discussion regarding Thoma at Monday night's City Council Meeting.

"We have given the State Human Rights Commission 30 days to complete a new look into it," Feist said.

When asked if the city plans to make any changes now that they have learned of the potential lawsuit Feist said "No."

"We'll evaluate the suit when/if we get it."

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