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Frederick police officer sues, says discipline pursued too late

FREDERICK — A Frederick police officer is suing the agency and chief alleging his rights were violated when he was cited for a use-of-force violation after the 12 months allowed under the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.

Officer First Class Adam Anderson is seeking to have disciplinary action pending against him rescinded.

Documents state that Anderson’s superiors found his use of a stun gun during an April 2009 arrest was not appropriate, but there was no mention of disciplining Anderson until January 2010 — 21 months after the incident.

Anderson could have avoided a disciplinary hearing board by having a written reprimand placed in his file and losing of 20 hours of annual leave. Instead he chose to pursue legal recourse under the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.

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