Officer Matt Rush sues Champaign Police Chief

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CHAMPAIGN – Our partners at the News-Gazette report Champaign Officer Matt Rush filed a civil suit against Chief Anthony Cobb on Friday, March 11.

Rush has been the subject of controversy over the past couple of years. According to the News-Gazette, Chief Cobb fired Rush in summer 2014 due to allegations of excessive force, among other accusations. He was named in four excessive force lawsuits.

WAND News has been following the events surrounding Matt Rush for several months now. A case involving Rush and another officer allegedly using excessive force again William Brown was settled out of court in December.

The City of Champaign and Champaign Police Department later released several documents involving the case after several requests regarding Officer Rush.

These documents noted that Chief Cobb had fired Rush, but Rush challenged the termination. An arbitrator later dismissed the termination, instead having Rush suspended and administered additional training and increased supervision.

Another excessive force lawsuit, this time involving Benjamin Mann, was also settled. The community reacted by calling for Rush to be held accountable for his alleged actions.

Yet another lawsuit involving alleged excessive force against Precious Jackson was also filed.

Then, in late February of 2016, State’s Attorney for Champaign County Julia Rietz declined to file criminal charges against Officer Rush. Coverage of her statement can be found here. This decision caused a protest involving 60 people inside the Champaign County Courthouse, which later lead to the Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh banning demonstrations inside the building.

Now, the News-Gazette reports, Rush has filed a civil suit against Chief Cobb. The suit indicates that Rush is asking for an “unspecified amount of money damages and is not asking for a jury trial.” According to the docket, Rush will be represented by Champaign attorney Michael Zopf.

No other details on the lawsuit are available at this time.

The News-Gazette's full article can be found here.

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