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Former Police Chief Sues City Of Lawton

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Lawton, Ok_Former Lawton Police Chief Ronnie Smith is suing the city of Lawton in federal court.

One of Smith's attorneys, Steve Robinson, says Smith believes he was fired without cause and mistreated.

Smith was forced to resign by former Lawton City Manager Larry Mitchell in March 2012.  Smith had been chief for almost twelve years and with the department for thirty-seven years.  He's currently Comanche County sheriff's deputy.

Robinson says he wants the public to know the facts and will depend on the justice system to determine if smith and another officer, Robert Puccino, were fired unjustly.

7News asked City Manager Bryan Long to comment but Long said the city would neither confirm nor deny the lawsuit.  Court records show the original case was filed in early March.

An amendment was filed May 31st, and today, summonses were reissued to the City Attorney Frank Jensen, former City Manager Larry Mitchell, and current City Manager Brian Long.    

Smith declined comment.

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