Beach Police Sued

Police Officer Jimmy Warr has officially filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city for what he claims was a wrongful demotion.

Warr claims he was wrongfully demoted from Sergeant to Corporal for filing a complaint against his superior officer Sgt. Rich McClanahan.

Warr launched his own investigation on McClanahan, and said he felt McClanahan was neglecting to properly do his job and supervise other officers.

And after an investigation by internal affairs, they did find McClanahan guilty of wrongdoing, but they told Warr if he had a problem to report it and not to conduct his own investigations.

Officials for the department say Warr neglected the orders and launched a second investigation and that's why he was demoted, not for being a whistleblower.

Warr’s attorney in Tallahassee is asking for his immediate reinstatement as a Sergeant and back pay for money lost.

The Beach Police Assistant Chief, Major Dave Humphries, says he doesn't believe at this time, reinstating Warr as a Sergeant is an option. He says the department has done nothing wrong.

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