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Former Pevely Cop Settles in Court

(Jefferson County) The lawsuit against former Pevely Police Officer Wayne Casey, claiming he illegally detained a man from Texas and sized his cellphone, comes to an end with a $75,000 settlement.

Matthew Rankin of Corpus Christi, Texas, sued in U.S. District Court in St. Louis back in June of last year, claiming that Officer Casey had aggressively taken his phone out of his hand and reportedly threatened him with arrest after Casey noticed Rankin had been filming him conduct a traffic stop on January 16th of 2019.

In the settlement, Casey and the City of Pevely deny Rankin’s allegations.

Casey was eventually fired from the police department back in May of last year after he was seen on video sitting at a desk in the departments booking area while another officer shoved and choked a person in custody.

That officer, Robert Watson, pleaded guilty last month to a federal misdemeanor civil rights offense.

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