A St. Louis suburb fired a policeman and charged him with bogus crimes for trying to unionize and blowing the whistle on the chief’s corruption, he claims in court.

Chad Brown sued the City of Cottleville, former Police Chief Scott Lewis and fellow police Officer Brett Mitchell on May 15 in Federal Court.

Lewis is now the sheriff of St. Charles County sheriff, where Cottleville is.

Brown’s attorney, Brandy B. Barth, told Courthouse News the troubles started when Brown and other officers decided to pursue representation due to issues they had with Lewis’ leadership.

The officers wanted to join Local 42 (union unspecified) and “abandoned the Cottleville Police Association,” according to the complaint.

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