Scruggs suit against City of Bowie dismissed on summary judgment

By BARBARA GREEN

The federal civil lawsuit filled by former Bowie Police Chief David Scruggs against the City of Bowie scheduled for the August docket was dismissed with prejudice on July 29.

United States District Judge Reed O’Connor made the ruling for the Northern District of Texas Wichita Falls division of the United States District Court. With prejudice means it cannot be appealed or filed again.

The trial was scheduled to begin on Aug. 22. On May 2, attorneys for the city submitted the request for summary judgment, which was granted last Friday. A final judgment will be issued separately.

Summary judgment is a procedural device used during civil litigation to promptly dispose of a case without a trial.

Scruggs worked for the Bowie Police Department from 1995 to Jan. 23, 2014, when he was fired.

The federal lawsuit was filed by Scruggs on Nov. 7, 2014, as the former city employee asserted various claims against the city related to his termination, citing age discrimination, retaliation and violation of his constitutional right to privacy.

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