Former police officer loses lawsuit against Navy
A former Charleston police officer who sued the Navy over what he called the improper release of disciplinary-record information from his training in the Navy Reserve has lost his lawsuit.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled against former patrolman Timothy Reed, who had claimed the Navy improperly disclosed confidential data about conduct displayed ahead of a 2009 deployment to Iraq.
Reed, of Goose Creek, argued that a sharing of the information between the Navy and the police department violated the Privacy Act of 1974 prohibiting release of personnel records without permission.
After details of his conduct were investigated, Reed eventually resigned his job with the Charleston force.
As part of its defense, the Navy argued that release of some information, including what might be applicable in law enforcement, is an exception in the act.
In her 24-page ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle sided with the Navy.
The case began after Reed was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington state for training. Allegations against him from that time included that Reed pointed an M-16 rifle at two other trainees while ordering them to get on the ground; pointed his knife at another trainee while threatening to cut him; disobeyed an order to wear Navy-issued boots; made a derogatory statement about a female officer; and made inappropriate comments regarding the use of force against Iraqis.
As a result he was found guilty of disobeying a lawful order, provoking speeches or gestures, and assault. He was found not guilty of making false official statements. His non-judicial punishment included a reduction in rank.
The Charleston police department became aware of Reedís troubles when a Navy official called to verify his employment there. The department eventually launched an internal investigation of Reed, who said he resigned rather than face the possibility of being fired.
Reed said Wednesday he was aware of the ruling against him and that he was preparing to move on.
His attorney did not respond to a phone message.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.