Case involving LPD officer moves to federal court

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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.

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