Wash. officer sues city over mayor's Facebook post after fatal OIS

In a Facebook post about the shooting, Mayor Tony Guzman called the officer a murderer and said he "deserves to die in prison"

Associated Press

WAPATO, Wash. — A Wapato police officer is suing the city over comments its mayor posted on social media after an officer-involved fatal shooting.

The Yakima Herald reports that officer Michael Campos says he's suffered defamation and a hostile work environment as a result of the comments by Mayor Tony Guzman. Several other officers wrote letters supporting Campos' $1.5 million claim against the city.


Campos fatally shot 38-year-old Mario Martinez-Torres when responding to a domestic disturbance call on July 31. Police reports say Campos shot Martinez-Torres as he struggled with Campos and another officer. The Yakima County Prosecutor's Office ruled the shooting justified.

Guzman called Campos a murderer in a Facebook post and said the officer "deserves to die in prison."

Guzman declined requests for comment on Campos' claim.

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