SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that Shepherd University in West Virginia fired two campus police officers over their age and complaints about arrest practices, particularly when involving student athletes.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the lawsuit against the Shepherdstown school was filed last week by Donald Buracker and Jay Longerbeam. It accuses Shepherdstown’s mayor of “regularly interceding” in investigations of students, particularly athletes. It also says the school worked with a local magistrate to have students charged with misdemeanors placed on an “extrajudicial disciplinary procedure.”
Attorney Christian Riddell says the practices may not be illegal, but they essentially grant immunity to students, particularly athletes, and punishes officers for enforcing state laws. The lawsuit asks Buracker and Longerbeam be rehired and compensated for lost wages and retirement benefits. The school denies the allegations.