Plaintiff claiming CHP harrassment loses suit |

Plaintiff claiming CHP harrassment loses suit

A judge ruled Friday against a suit filed by a Grass Valley towing company owner who claimed he was mistreated and harassed by a California Highway Patrol officer.

Judge Carl F. Bryan ruled Friday that the suit was legally insufficient because plaintiff Kent Kilroy was already under investigation by the CHP officer before Kilroy filed his citizens complaint.

A state deputy attorney general argued in court filings that the case should be dismissed because a CHP officer’s investigation is “cloaked with immunity.” Under state law, police officers are immune from liability when they are doing their jobs as investigators.

Kilroy, owner of Kilroy’s Towing, filed suit in Nevada County Superior Court in September, claiming he was harassed at his business by a hostile CHP officer. Kilroy contended his home was trashed by more than 100 law enforcement officers.

Kilroy sought damages from the CHP for an alleged civil rights violation, intentional interference with business relations, negligent hiring and retention, and emotional distress.

Kilroy declined comment on Friday’s ruling.

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