Former officer has to pay $14K in legal fees


CHAMPAIGN — A former police officer and his attorney will have to pay $14,000 in legal fees after filing a lawsuit against his old boss. Matt Rush tried to sue Police Chief Anthony Cobb and Patricia Avery, who is the president of Champaign County’s NAACP.

A judge decided the suit should never have been filed, because it wasn’t reasonably grounded in fact or law. Now Rush and his lawyer need to pay $9,000 worth of fees for Cobb and $5,000 for Avery. Rush was fired for the second time back in April. He was at the center of four excessive force lawsuits during the last few years. He and his lawyer can still appeal the decision.

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