Detective’s Attorney Calls Los Alamos County’s Lawsuit False and Defamatory

Attorney John W. Day
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Attorney John W. Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day, LLC has issued a response to a story that broke Friday in the Los Alamos Daily Post.
 
Day is representing Los Alamos Police Det. Brian Schamber in a $25 million demand against Los Alamos County.
 
This morning, Day addressed the legal action filed May 17 against his client in United States District Court by attorney’s for the Los Alamos County Council. That complaint requests that Schamber return to work as a police officer at the Los Alamos Police Department.
 
Last December, Schamber was referred by an emergency room doctor at Los Alamos Medical Center with input from Schamber’s phychiatrist for an emergency mental evaluation at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, New Mexico, according to the County’s complaint.                                                                                                                               
 
Det. Brian Schamber

Schamber and his attorney maintain that he can no longer perform his duties as a police officer because that mental evaluation now prohibits him by state statute from possessing a firearm.
 
“The allegations made in Los Alamos County’s lawsuit are false and defamatory,” Day said. “Los Alamos County has repeatedly harmed Brian Schamber, first when the County’s false statements about Brian caused him to be involuntarily and illegally committed to a hospital, and most recently when the County included these false allegations in a dubious lawsuit against him.
 
“Brian Schamber is a good man and he had an outstanding career as a police officer. The County’s treatment of Brian and the County’s attacks against him are outrageous and reprehensible. Every citizen of Los Alamos County should be concerned and alarmed with the way the government has used its power to target Brian and cause him tremendous damage.
 
“At least one thing about Los Alamos County’s government is clear: every time the County government has had the chance to do the right thing for Brian and his family, the County government has done the opposite.”
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