LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A case involving a police officer accused of harassing a Lafayette man is moving to federal court.
Timothy Vander Plaats of Lafayette accuses Lafayette Police Officer Charles Williams of leaving a voice mail threatening to kill him, after he hugged a female friend who was dating LPD officer Michael Barthelemy.
Barthelemy was added as a defendant in the amended case.
City Attorney Ed Chosnek said Vander Plaats is now accusing both officers of violating his civil rights.
Vander Plaats’ attorney Scott Barnhart declined an on-camera interview, but said the defendants filed for the case to be moved to federal court.
Officer Williams was given a five-day suspension. Lafayette Police Chief Pat Flannelly referred questions to Chosnek.
Mayor Tony Roswarski would not comment on the lawsuit.
Vander Plaats is asking a jury to award him $250,000.