Former McAllen police officer sues city for wrongful termination, documents say

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PHOTO: April 26, 2021 Sal Castro KVEO

MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — A former McAllen police officer is launching a lawsuit of wrongful termination against the city of McAllen, according to the attorney representing him.

Attorney Ric Godinez said Officer Edgar Devora was wrongfully terminated by the McAllen Chief of Police on April 29 because of his disability and after he filed and instituted a workman’s compensation claim.

Officer Edgar Devora said he is seeking benefits to which he was entitled after becoming disabled from a gunshot wound by an assailant’s bullet while in the line of duty.

Officer Devora has been with the department since November 2017 as a patrol officer with an exemplary service record. He is a licensed peace officer in Texas and is currently unemployed with a family, Attorney Godinez.

Statement from the city of McAllen:

“The City of McAllen understands former Officer Devora’s right to bring any claim he believes he is entitled to.

The City is fully confident in its decisions and knows that they will be vigorously defended. Although the City of McAllen strongly disagrees with the allegations he has made, no comment on the details of ongoing litigation will be made.

These matters will be litigated in a court of law and not the court of public opinion. The City of McAllen, like any other litigant, is entitled to a fair and unbiased legal process. The City of McAllen prays that he will one day be able to return to police duties.”

Xochitl Mora, Director, Office of Communications, City of McAllen

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