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"
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.