Jury Sides with Firefighter in Dispute with Officer

February 15, 2008

A federal court jury sides with a suburban St. Louis fire captain in a dispute concerning his arrest over where he parked a fire truck during a 2003 car crash rescue.

The jury awarded $17,500 to fire Capt. David Wilson in his lawsuit against Hazelwood police officer Todd Greeves.

Wilson testified he parked the truck in a way to protect rescuers freeing a victim from wreckage on Interstate 270. Greeves ordered the truck moved to accommodate passing traffic. He arrested Wilson for ignoring him. Wilson was never charged.

But in the suit, Wilson claimed his civil rights were violated and that he suffered anxiety and humiliation.

Greeves told the court the truck was creating a hazard and not adding to safety at the scene.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com.

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