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Woman who accused Woodland cop of stalking her settles case

first_imgLONGVIEW — A former Woodland woman who accused a now-retired Woodland police officer of abusing his power to stalk, threaten and improperly investigate her has settled her lawsuit against him for $275,000.But Jody Wattier called it a painful victory.“The money is not going to make it any better. I struggle every day,” she said.Wattier said she lost custody of her children, ages 9 and 10, and had to rebuild her life because former Officer Brad Gillaspie orchestrated a campaign of intimidation and slander against her while she was divorcing her husband, who was Gillaspie’s friend.The settlement concludes a federal civil rights lawsuit Wattier filed two years ago in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Wattier and her Portland attorney, Sean Riddell, accused Gillaspie and current Officer Brent Murray of maliciously investigating her. She also accused the city and former Mayor Grover Laseke of failing to intervene to stop Gillaspie’s actions.“No one would listen to me so I looked crazy,” she said Tuesday. “I (still) have to make a decision at this point in my life (whether) to go see my kids at school, or not have anxiety. I literally can’t go into Woodland, because I’m afraid of running into Murray or Gillaspie. … It was like a death to me. I grieved my career. And then I grieved my house, my safety. And then I grieved for my kids. What else do you take from someone?”Woodland City Manager Peter Boyce confirmed that the city’s insurer will pay the settlement reached in September. He said the city itself had no role in the settlement and was not held liable. He lauded the city’s current policing.last_img read more