SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield police lieutenant has filed an intent to sue the city and the Springfield Police Department, alleging corruption and retaliation at the police department.
Lt. Scott McKee has been on leave from the Springfield Police Department since January. An independent investigation is underway into allegations McKee was untruthful during an arbitration hearing for Springfield Officer Ryan Stone.
In a tort claim filed with the city on June 3, McKee claims a hidden camera in his office caught two officers, including the president of the Springfield Police Association, sneaking into his office.
McKee also claims leaders at the union are pressuring Chief Richard Lewis to look the other way on a number of issues. Something Lewis denies.
"I have total confidence in the trustworthiness of the police department, and things are handled in a proper, efficient manner," Lewis said.
McKee claims a photo that shows Stone's head on a spike was put in his office by a member of the union. McKee investigated Stone after he allegedly used excessive force during two arrests.
Lewis wouldn't comment on the photo but said the Lane County District Attorney now requires Stone to wear a body camera after he was found to be dishonest.
McKee goes on to allege that Lewis ignored evidence in a case involving Stone. But Lewis said his department is committed to doing thorough investigations.
"All these investigations are handled in a proper manner, and we've had outside entities assist us in these investigations, and I have no concerns when it comes to this in the courtroom," said Lewis.
The tort claim doesn't say how much money McKee is seeking, but McKee claims the whole ordeal has caused him physical and emotional injuries.
KEZI 9 News reached out to McKee for comment but he declined. We also reached out to an attorney representing the Springfield Police Association but have not heard back.
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