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Rhode Island trooper returns to work after suing superiors

January 8, 2020 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island State Police trooper who accused his superiors in a lawsuit of pressuring him to alter a job applicant’s background report returned to work, officials said.

Lt. Michael Casey returned to full duty on Monday after about 15 months of paid sick leave, Col. James Manni told the Providence Journal.

Casey sued senior officers in June, accusing them of trying to coerce him into recommending Garrett Demers as a recruit. Casey also named Manni in the suit because he is the State Police superintendent. Manni has not been accused of coercion.

Demers is the son of retired Capt. James Demers. Casey has until Friday to respond to the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

Casey said Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin ordered him to rewrite his background report to omit references to the more than two dozen prior interactions Demers had with police in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including a disorderly conduct arrest in 2013.

Casey claimed he was assigned to the night shift when he refused to alter the report. He went on sick leave in September 2018 after he filed an internal complaint.

Philbin told the Journal on Monday that the “allegations are false and completely meritless.”

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This story was first published on Jan. 7, 2020. It was updated on Jan. 8, 2020, to correct that a Rhode Island State Police trooper has not accused Col. James Manni of coercion in a lawsuit. Manni is named in the suit because he is the State Police superintendent.