Informant Told to Amend Complaint Against Cop

     (CN) – A long-time confidential informant cannot sue a police officer who blew his cover and exposed him to retribution from those he informed upon, a federal judge ruled.
     Maxine Eddins served as a confidential informant for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Tampa, Florida for almost 20 years, but that all came to an end in 2011 when Officer Armando R. Loney told people outside the police department about Eddins’ work.
     People in Eddins’ neighborhood, including potential criminals that Eddins was helping the HCSO to investigate, learned he was an informant.
     Shortly after Eddins filed a complaint with HCSO against Officer Loney, he was brutally attacked outside his home. Unknown assailants poured gasoline on him and beat him to the point of losing consciousness.
     Eddins now claims in court that Officer Loney and Hillsborough Sherriff David Gee, are not only liable, but responsible, for the battery. The officers moved to dismiss to the five-count complaint.
     Loney says Eddins’ claims against him in his official capacity were duplicative of the clams against Sherriff Gee in his official capacity, rendering them unnecessary.
     United States District Judge James Moody agreed, finding Eddins needs to sue Loney in his individual capacity.
     Eddins’ other claim against Loney for excessive force was also dismissed because Eddins only implied that Loney orchestrated the attack on Eddins, not that he was the one who actually committed the battery.
     Eddins’ claims against Sherriff Gee were dismissed as well because Eddins’ alleged Gee deprived him of his rights as an informant, but no such rights exist, the court said.
     Moody gave Eddins 14 days to file an amended complaint.

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