Woodson and Jefferson-Gomez are both named in the lawsuit.
Woodson referred questions on the lawsuit to Cincinnati attorney Joseph Borchelt. Borchelt could not be reached to comment on Tuesday. Jefferson-Smith also could not be reached Tuesday.
Smith became acting police chief after the police chief who had been accused resigned, according to the lawsuit.
Despite being acting chief, Smith states in the lawsuit that he was denied a copy of keys to the police evidence locker on March 29, 2016.
On April 6, 2016, the university placed Smith on administrative leave, following the complaint of a student, according to the lawsuit. Smith was then fired on April 18, 2016, according to the lawsuit.
The student complained he had overheard Smith and other officers discussing a student who had made threats toward another student. The student who filed the complaint was upset because the person the officers were discussing was his cousin.
Smith was told he was fired for “continuous conduct being unbecoming of an officer.” Smith stated in the lawsuit thought that he was never warned or confronted about the alleged conduct.
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