Lawsuit Filed Against Constable Rosen, Chief Gore and Lt. Ridgon. Outside Investigation Needed.
Updated: Jan 24
On 5/24/21, four women (three deputies and one fired civilian) filed a federal lawsuit against Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, Assistant Chief Chris Gore, and Lieutenant Shane Ridgon alleging sexual harassment, sexual battery, civil rights violations, and retaliation. For all the sordid details, please click on the link below.
For Constable Rosen's response to the lawsuit, please click on the link below.
On 6/2/21, another female deputy came forward with similar allegations - see link below.
These are very specific, horrendous allegations. If they are true, Harris County residents should be outraged and demand that everyone involved be held accountable for their actions.
UPDATE: The Houston Chronicle Editorial Board has now called for an outside investigation by either the FBI Public Integrity Unit or Texas Rangers. I completely agree. In addition, since the alleged misconduct would be a violation of federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), I believe the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should also look into this matter.
For more information, please click on the link below.
JULY 9, 2021 UPDATE: The FBI is now investigating the allegations made in the lawsuit. Good. See link below.
SEPT 3, 2021 UPDATE: Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt granted Constable Rosen's motion to be dismissed from the federal lawsuit. Judge Hoyt ruled that the plaintiffs failed to make claims that would support Rosen’s individual (personal) liability under civil rights law. Judge Hoyt allowed the lawsuit to move forward against Harris County, Assistant Chief Chris Gore and Lieutenant Shane Ridgon.
While Constable Rosen cannot be held personally liable for the alleged misconduct of his subordinates, this whole fiasco is occurring under his watch. If the allegations are proven true, Constable Rosen will definitely own it politically. For more information, please see the links below:
The Off The Kuff Blog has more:
UPDATE 1/24/2022: On 1/19/2022, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed, with prejudice, Defendants Chris Gore and Shane Rigdon, in their individual capacities, from the on-going federal civil lawsuit (see above). Harris County remains a defendant in this case.
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