Rapid City police officer is sole remaining defendant in suit filed by former landfill worker

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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A Rapid City police officer is the only remaining defendant in a lawsuit filed by a former landfill worker two years ago.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken this week removed Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker, former police chief Steve Allender and former landfill supervisor John Leahy as defendants in the lawsuit filed by former city employee Randall Meidinger.

Lt. Peter Ragnone is the remaining defendant.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/Zj4beD ) reports Meidinger sued the city after a Pennington County jury acquitted him of grand theft charges stemming from a grand jury indictment. Meidinger was fired in 2009 after an interview with Ragnone.

Meidinger claims Ragnone's actions violated his rights to privacy and protection from the use of false evidence.

Viken's ruling upheld the recommendations of a federal magistrate judge.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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