Amarillo Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against Former Lubbock Police Officer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/28/07

Amarillo Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against Former Lubbock Police Officer

Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

An appeals court in Amarillo claims a Judge in Lubbock made the wrong decision and now they are reversing that ruling.

In 2005, State District Judge Sam Medina dismissed a civil lawsuit against former Lubbock Police Officer Blake Littlejohn. Littlejohn allegedly sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman during a traffic stop.

The Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo found Judge Medina made an error in dismissing the civil law suit against Blake Littlejohn.

Littlejohn was put on probation and forced to surrender his peace officer license after he plead guilty to harassment. That charge stemmed from a 2004 traffic stop in the 1900 block of avenue L. Rebecca Hernandez says she performed a sexual act at the request of officer Littlejohn.

Then Hernandez filed civil suits against both the City of Lubbock and Littlejohn.

Hernandez's Attorney, Charles Dunn told NewsChannel 11, "The law as it stands now the city is immune under these particular facts, but not the police officer. We're going to go to trial with him."

The appeals court did uphold Judge Medina's dismissal of the suit against the City of Lubbock.

Littlejohn can still appeal the court's opinion. However, if he does not the Hernandez's attorney hopes to be in trial within a year to a year and a half.

 

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