City of Wichita moves to dismiss federal lawsuit filed by deputy chiefs

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Published: May. 1, 2023 at 11:16 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The City of Wichita has filed to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by two former deputy chiefs and one who remains employed by the Wichita Police Department.

The lawsuit claims inappropriate relationships between City Manager Bob Layton, former human relations director Chris Bezruki, and the Wichita Fraternal Order of Police. The lawsuit claims the command staff, which included Wanda Givens, Chet Pinkston and Jose Salcido, were scapegoats in the investigation into racist and sexist text messages sent by some WPD officers and that Wichita city officials covered up police and internal investigations.

The officers are seeking $2.4 million in damages. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 has also moved to dismiss the suit.

The lawsuit was filed in February. Afterward, James Thompson, an attorney for the deputy chiefs, said, “They hope that through the process of litigation that some of that information will be released and they will be vindicated.”