City to represent 4 of 14 in RICO lawsuit

City to represent 4 of 14 in RICO lawsuit

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Savannah's City Attorney is responding to a racketeering lawsuit that was filed against several city and county officials, including former Chiefs Julie Tolbert and Willie Lovett.

In the lawsuit, former SCMPD officers claim they were forced out of their jobs because the officials were covering up government corruption.

City Attorney Brooks Stillwell made the announcement during a city council meeting Thursday that city attorneys will represent four of the 14 people in this lawsuit.

They plan to defend former city manager Michael Brown, former Chief Julie Tolbert, former Metro Sgt. Rodney Gerido and Lt. Greg Ramsey.

There were several other officers and city officials named in the suit, but after conducting its own investigation, the city says it is only representing the ones they believe are wrongfully named in the lawsuit.

"I think it's important that the city stand behind its employees when they are sued in their individual capacity and don't feel that they've done anything wrong," said City Attorney Stillwell.

The city is only representing these four in this civil case. The city will not be paying for any damages should a judge rule against them.

Also, city officials are also asking former Lt. Andre Oliver's name be removed from the lawsuit. He was also in good standing with the department but has since passed away.

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