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Legal fees mounting for Zachary Police

4 years 2 weeks 6 days ago June 04, 2013 Jun 4, 2013 Tuesday, June 04 2013 June 04, 2013 5:51 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

ZACHARY- The attorney representing a woman who claims she was sexually harassed filed another lawsuit against the Assistant Zachary Police Chief Tuesday.

Jill Craft represents Melody Hills and Tracy McKneely, both of whom claim they were sexually harassed by Assistant Police Chief Darryl Lawrence.

News 2 found the mounting lawsuits have totaled nearly $20,000 since December of 2011. In fact, the City of Zachary hired a third attorney to help fight the lawsuits who hasn't submitted invoices for his work yet.

"They have a lot of lawyers, which I always find amusing," Craft said.  "I also find it to be a tremendous waste of taxpayer money. We're straight up. Here's the facts, evidence, let's let a jury decide."

In December of 2011, News 2 interviewed Tracy McKneely about her claims.

"He would ask me for sex and say he wanted to see how good my sex was," McKneely said.

News 2 requested interviews with the Zachary police chief, mayor and city attorney.  All declined to comment because of the pending litigation.

Craft believes the lawsuit will likely end up in federal court because both women filed EEOC charges in these cases. They claim they were retaliated against by the department when they spoke up about the alleged harassment.

"If this type of behavior goes on inside a police department, one can only imagine what happens outside," Craft said.

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