A former Horse Cave Police Department officer named in four federal lawsuits accusing him of falsely arresting or using excessive force against people has claimed he was wrongfully terminated from his job.

Chris Trulock filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green against the city of Horse Cave and Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry.

Trulock asserts he was improperly let go from his job some time after May 21, 2018, without proper notice of a termination hearing and without due process required for termination at the hearing.

The lawsuit asserts Trulock’s due process rights were violated when he was dismissed from the police department, that his “reputation and integrity have been damaged as a result of the statements made supporting his termination” and the actions taken by the city and Curry to fire Trulock were an “arbitrary abuse of power.”

Trulock asks in his lawsuit to be reinstated on the police department and be awarded back pay and lost benefits.

Attorney Louis Schneider, who represents Trulock in this case, declined to comment when reached last week.

Schneider is not involved in four pending federal lawsuits filed over the past six months in which Trulock and other former Horse Cave police officers are accused of committing civil rights violations during encounters with people.

Anthony Owens and Sheila Bryant claim in one suit that they were arrested without probable cause during an incident last year and were called a number of racial slurs and derogatory names.

Bryant alleges she was arrested by Horse Cave officers in retaliation for contacting the Kentucky State Police after Horse Cave police allegedly entered Owens’ home without a warrant.

That lawsuit characterizes the arrests as based on “trumped-up charges” and noted that the cases against Owens and Bryant were dismissed.

Owens’ fiancee, Joanie Frazier, alleges in a separate lawsuit that Trulock wrested a cellphone from her as she attempted to record the incident with Owens and Bryant, was arrested without any lawful basis and forced by another officer to urinate on a plastic wrap under the guise that it was part of a drug test.

Jacob Morrison and Renee Polston claim in another suit that they were falsely arrested last year on charges that lacked any factual basis and were later dismissed in court. Trulock is alleged in that suit to have groped Polston without her consent during the incident.

Jesse Trent and Stephanie Grider claim in a separate lawsuit that Trulock planted drugs in their vehicle in separate incidents, resulting in their arrests on charges that were subsequently dismissed.

The Horse Cave Police Department was subject to an investigation last year by the FBI and Kentucky State Police, with investigators executing a search warrant at police headquarters.

The headquarters building was closed for two days, during which time the Hart County Sheriff’s Office and KSP provided police coverage on an as-needed basis.

The city fired former officer Larry Dale Martin last year and placed Trulock and former Chief Sean Henry on indefinite leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

– Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter @jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.


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