Ex-cop appealing federal ruling against him

By: 
Mikaela Koski

Ex-Columbus police officer Paul Caraway is appealing a federal district court decision that the city followed the proper process in Caraway’s termination.

A notice of appeal was submitted by Caraway’s counsel to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco regarding the summary judgement granted to the city, former police chief, and mayor at the end of March.

At Monday’s Columbus City Council meeting, City Attorney Doug Howard noted that this appeal could take 18 to 24 months to come to a resolution.

THE CASE

In July 2015, Caraway was accused of sexual assault by a female dispatcher.

Upon completion of a state DCI investigation that immediately followed the allegations, the city conducted an independent, internal investigation of Caraway’s actions.

The results of the city’s investigation were the grounds for Caraway’s termination in November 2015.

Caraway sued the city, former police chief and mayor, claiming he was denied procedural due process following his termination.

A federal judge ruled against Caraway.

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