One of the reporters who works at the small Kansas newspaper that was raided by authorities earlier this month filed a federal lawsuit against the police chief Wednesday.
Deb Gruver believes Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody violated her constitutional rights when he abruptly snatched her personal cellphone out of her hands during a search where officers also seized computers from the Marion County Record’s office, according to the lawsuit.
Cody didn’t immediately respond to an email or text message from The Associated Press on Wednesday seeking comment.
He has said little publicly since the raids other than posting a defense of them on the police department’s Facebook page.
Gruver said in a statement that by filing her lawsuit “I’m standing up for journalists across the country.”.
After the search of the newspaper office, officers went on to search the home Meyer shared with his 98-year-old mother.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the newspaper’s actions, but it hasn’t provided any updates on its investigation. »