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Police chief's son files lawsuit against city of Rochester


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A son of Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson is suing the city of Rochester, claiming disability discrimination.

Jeremy Peterson worked as a community service officer in the Rochester Police Department for three years. He was promoted to police officer in 2011.

A complaint filed in Olmsted County District Court contends Peterson suffered hearing loss caused by multiple Improvised Explosive Device explosions while serving two tours of duty with the Army in Iraq.

The complaint alleges the city of Rochester violated policy by not allowing Peterson to return to his job as a community service officer when he couldn't complete requirements to become a police officer last year.

The complaint also alleges two members of the Rochester Police Civil Service Commission broke Minnesota's open meeting law before it discussed Peterson's situation.

Peterson is seeking $50,000 in damages as well as attorneys' fees in the suit.

The attorney representing the city of Rochester could not be reached for comment.


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