Recent actions by Mayor Ron Littlefield and Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper concerning Capt. Jeannie Snyder’s behavior may prolong a federal lawsuit against the city.
The $3 million suit, filed Oct. 5, 2006, by attorney Robin Flores, claims former Sgt. Leigh Noorbergen violated Valerie Myers’ civil rights on Oct. 12, 2005.
Sgt. Noorbergen was suspended for 28 days without pay and ordered to attend anger management classes after an internal affairs investigation determined she arrested Ms. Myers without just cause, filed a false report and was untruthful during an investigation of the incident.
In September 2007, Ms. Noorbergen’s attorney, Scott Bennett, filed a motion seeking summary judgment to have all claims against his client dismissed.
Mr. Flores on Saturday filed a motion seeking more time to respond to Ms. Myers’ request for dismissal that concludes with:
“Plaintiff is entitled to take discovery on these events surrounding (Chief) Cooper and (Capt.) Snyder and why her bizarre conduct is allowed to go on (and) to establish that the events with (Sgt.) Noorbergen were also tolerated as part of the city's quest to cover or protect certain officers, including(Sgt.) Noorbergen, in deliberate indifference to the public.”
Mr. Bennett, on hearing Sunday of the request for more time before Judge Harry Mattice rules on the motion for summary judgement said, “Mr. Flores is certainly creative.”