James Cleavenger

Judge Upholds $755K Award Against UO Police Chief

University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed and two other managers intentionally and maliciously harmed a young officer’s career after he spoke out about department policies allowing officers to carry Tasers and the department’s violations of laws, a federal judge found. Jason Kafoury and Mark McDougal secured the $755,000 jury verdict in September for James Cleavenger, who claimed McDermed, Lt. … Continue reading

Former University of Oregon public safety officer awarded $755K

Today, a federal jury in Portland awarded $755,000 to James Cleavenger, a former public safety officer at the University of Oregon who claimed retaliation and loss of his law enforcement career at the hands of the University of Oregon Chief of Police and two commanders. The jury found that defendants Chief Carolyn McDermed, Lt. Brandon Lebrecht, and former Sgt. Scott … Continue reading