Former Huntsville officer named in lawsuit

Former Huntsville officer named in lawsuit

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - One former Huntsville police officer accused of violating departmental policy could have his criminal charges upgraded, while another has been named in a federal lawsuit.

Former Huntsville Police Officer Wesley Little, Chief Henry Reyes and the City of Huntsville have all been named as defendants in a federal lawsuit filed by Quincy Turner, who was arrested by Little on Sept. 3, 2007.

Turner alleges the former officer planted marijuana in his car. He was arrested and taken to jail but the drug charge was later dropped.

In June, Little resigned from the department after he was indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury on criminal charges of attempting to commit a substance abuse crime.

He was also indicted on charges of possession of a pistol with altered or missing serial numbers, tampering with physical evidence and false reporting to law enforcement.

Former Huntsville officer Ryan Moore faces similar charges. While he isn't named in the lawsuit, his case is headed to a jury next month. Madison County's assistant district attorney filed a motion to "enhance punishment" upon conviction for the unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, the alleged drug distribution took place within three miles of eight different schools and near a public housing project.

State prosecutors said they will offer evidence at trial and prove the allegations against Moore. Moore's trial date has been set for Feb. 9. No court date has been set regarding the federal suit.