Lawsuit: Ex-officer charged because of gender
MATTAWAN, Mich. — A former Mattawan police officer has filed a lawsuit against the police department and Van Buren County prosecutor.
The lawsuit specifically names Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford, Mattawan Police Chief Scott Herbert and the Village of Mattawan.
Citing a separate incident where a male South Haven police officer shot at a moving vehicle containing a suspect, the lawsuit claims Omilian was only charged because she is a woman.
It also says Bedord made sexist statements while prosecuting the case, including questioning her fitness to be a police officer because of her gender.
Omilian is seeking damages, legal fees and to get her job back with the police department.