Fired Officer Files Lawsuit

By: News 10
By: News 10

The Lansing police officer fired for improperly using a background check system files a lawsuit against the department.

Lori Williams claims discrimination and gender bias.

She says she used the computer system to look up her husband's license number to fill out an insurance form. She was convicted on that one charge last month.

The police chief fired her Tuesday.

Williams, an eight year veteran of the force, claims another officer used the computer system and was disciplined internally, not fired.

Williams' lawsuit is pending in federal court.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    Sorry but she had NO right to use the police computer to look up anything. If sahe needed the info why didn't she ask her husband. As far as the race card, everytime a non white does anything and gets in trouble they imediately pull out the race card. This is not an issue of color its an issue of not following the rules and regulations abusing the position you held and illegally obtaining information.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    WILX wouldn't post my initial comment on this story...guess it was too racially insensitive. I'm SO glad the people of Lansing seem to have their heads on straight when it comes to this woman's actions. She violated the rules (don't tell me she didn't know what she was doing was improper) and she's now paying the price. Dawn is correct that employees at hospitals are forbidden to look in a patient's medical record unless they are directly involved in that person's care (yes, I work in a hospital). Remember when Granholm was in Sparrow and some employees looked at her private records?...they were all fired!! They all knew the rule and chose to disregard it--they got what they deserved and so did this female cop. The police have a phenomenal degree of authority over the common citizen and MUST be held to a phenomenally high standard of conduct. It's too bad the taxpayers are going to foot the bill for this lawsuit...get your checkbook out James!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    Discrimination????? i dont care what color or what gender YOU ARE! Get a life, You Abused your authority, you are whacked if you think this is basedon Gender or the color of your SKIN! Stop wasting everyones time, by trying to blame someone else for your Illegal Behavior! Sign up for your 99 weeks of Unemployment and Stop trying to get your 15 minutes of fame by Blaming others!
  • by Dawn Location: Grand Rapids on Nov 27, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    People who work in hospitals are fired if they look at their own records, no questions asked. Why should it be different for someone in law enforcement? This woman may have looked at her spouse's record for insurance purposes but what about looking at your spouse's record while going through a nasty divorce, still okay?
  • by mke Location: lansing on Nov 26, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    what she done was against law (fired)What about Jillian colby she did nothing right no reguard for law still has her job,and not one picture of her,why not? in case you forgot she is the one who hit the car on mlk a few months back,i sure would like to know what she looks like so i can stay out of her way.Two different people two different laws.WHY?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    rules are rules! She had to know better!
  • by Dave Location: Lansing on Nov 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    Sorry lady, but you earned your pink slip!!! Like the rest of us, you should have went to the Sec. of State to get that driving record. You should have been working while at work, not using the resources my tax dollars pay for. Her actions were an obvious rule violation. Everyone knows that you are not supposed to use resources like this for your personal interest. Her lawsuit is going to cost us tax payers thousands of dollars, win or not. It's lowlifes like her that work the system and scream race and gender discrimination when they can't follow the simple rules. Being a law enforcement officer she should have know the consequences of breaking the rules. And to James from Lansing... Sure hope you enjoy footing the bill for the city to defend itself and possibly a big pay out for this rule breaker. I sure hope her actions make other cops think twice before they act!
  • by Rick Location: Lansing on Nov 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Rules are rules. She knew she was only authorized to use this system for professional purposes. She should have asked her husband for his license number. As far as her lawsuit. She isn't sueing the department, she is sueing the people of Lansing. Too much whinning and not enough personal responsibility
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Nov 26, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    I'm sure the Chief of Police for Lansing, who is a woman, fired Ms Williams because of gender. Somehow I think we are missing some of the details of this case against her. She broke the law and now she must pay the price just like any other citizen in Lansing.
  • by Brad on Nov 26, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    She broke the rules and got caught. No different than me speeding and her catching me. She may give me a ticket and not someone else. There are consequences for breakung rules, move on and quit wasteing tax dollars over something you done, next time make a better choice.
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