Police chief, two officers, city, named in lawsuit
Houston County Courier - June 2008
By Daphne Hereford
A federal lawsuit alleging Crockett Police Department Chief Jimmy Fisher, CPD Officer Michael Calvin and CPD Officer Sammy Wagner procured false information that resulted in an unlawful arrest was filed on Wednesday, June 18 in Lufkin.
According to court records, Robert Luce, security director of the Crockett Housing Authority, filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and named Fisher, Calvin and Wagner individually and in their capacity as law enforcement officers with the city of Crockett.
The lawsuit claims that the three current or former City of Crockett police officers maliciously decided they were going to "get" Luce and on or about July 5, 2006 procured a false affidavit and complaint against Luce that resulted in his unlawful arrest.
In the lawsuit Luce claims in about June 2006 he asked Myron Collins to voluntarily talk to him about some burglaries that had taken place in Crockett.
The suit says that the defendants used the occasion to coerce Collins to cooperate with them to bring a charge of official oppression against Luce.
Luce was booked into the Houston County Sheriff's Office Jail and charged with official oppression on July 5, 2006.
The lawsuit says that Luce was ultimately no billed by the grand jury on the charges.
According to arrest records, Collins was arrested by CPD Officer Sammy Wagner on June 8, 2006 and charged with credit card abuse.
Houston County court records indicate that in May 2007 Collins was sentenced to five years probation and received deferred adjudication in connection with the credit card abuse charge.
Court records indicate that Luce is represented by Alex Arthur Castetter with Stuckey Garrigan and Castetter of Nacogdoches.
Crockett City Administrator Ron Duncan said, "I have no comment about the lawsuit at this time."
Police Jimmy Fisher did not return the Courier's phone call as of press time Wednesday.