Fla. deputy sues over critical website

Filed defamation lawsuit against a former deputy who operates a website that allows people to anonymously criticize police


By Jane Musgrave
Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The second-in-command at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has filed a defamation lawsuit against a former deputy who operates a website that allows people to anonymously criticize the agency.

In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Chief Deputy Michael Gauger accuses John Dougan of engaging in a "shocking anonymous campaign of character assassination." The website, according to the lawsuit, has featured photos of him superimposed on that of a uniformed Nazi officer, has suggested he is engaged in homosexual, racist and criminal activity and claims he is part of a "culture of corruption."

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