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Maple Heights councilman files federal lawsuit against city

Councilman Bill Brownlee addresses the media. (Source: WOIO) Councilman Bill Brownlee addresses the media. (Source: WOIO)
A copy of the lawsuit filed in city hall. (Source: WOIO) A copy of the lawsuit filed in city hall. (Source: WOIO)
MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Maple Heights is in the midst of major turmoil after complaints of abuse of power. Now there's an upcoming lawsuit from one of its own city officials.

Video from a 2013 City Council meeting, shows the council president, who is named as a defendant in a federal lawsuit just filed by a councilman, kick him out of the meeting, along with his camera. 
 
You can hear Councilman Bill Brownlee in the video say, "Madam chair. We have been through this. Point of order supersedes the motion."
 
Council President Jackie Albers responds, "Chief, would you escort Councilman Brownlee out for this evening?"
 
Brownlee says getting the boot violated his civil rights.
 
"I was dumbstruck, not only at what was happening, but how it was happening. The indifference of the rest of the city officials to what was happening," explained Brownlee. 
 
Brownlee also names Maple Heights Mayor Jeff Lansky as a defendant and claims the mayor used a flyer to tell residents Brownlee didn't file and
paid no city income taxes. Brownlee says he paid his taxes in full and the mayor had no legal right to view his private tax documents.

19 Action News investigative reporter Scott Taylor went to City Hall looking for the mayor. He also left him a message at his office and knocked on his front door.

There has been no response yet, but Brownlee's attorney, Christopher Finney, has a lot to say. 

"I think the level of abuse of power by this mayor is extraordinary and the city is extraordinary," said Finney.
 
Mayor Lanksy is currently suing Brownlee in court for defamation. 

Council President Albers tells 19 Action News she has no comment because she has yet to read the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court. 

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