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Defamation suit vs. Oro Valley dismissed

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Tucson - A defamation lawsuit against the Oro Valley Police Department and the town, seeking more than $1 million, was dismissed today.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods threw out the case brought by Dr. Jesus Greer, the former Douglas Superintendent of Schools. Woods cited "Qualified immunity," which shields public officials from damages for civil liability so long as they did not violate an individual's "clearly established" statutory or constitutional rights. The immunity is available to state or federal employees, including law enforcement officers, who are performing their jobs.

As the News 4 Tucson Investigators reported last year, Greer was charged in March, 2016 by Oro Valley Police with having an open container and littering. At the time, Greer was under police surveillance as a "Person of interest" in a stranger-danger case. Police picked Greer up and later issued a news release, with Greer's mug shot, saying he fit the description of a person in a green van that approached a Canyon del Oro High School student. Greer has said he thought the teen was struggling and he simply asked if he was OK and needed a ride. 

A week later, police closed the case. The official report says "At this point, no criminal violation occurred...." 

Greer said police shouldn't have issued the news release and his mug shot in connection with the stranger danger incident, because he was never charged with that.

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