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Tort Claim Notice: Sheriff said ‘not a ******* thing’ festival worker could do to stop him

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A tort claim notice filed by the family of the teenage victim in the case of the Allen County Sheriff’s misconduct has revealed more details in the incident.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported that a class A misdemeanor has been filed in the investigation into Sheriff Gladieux’s physical confrontation with a teenage volunteer at the Three Rivers festival.

According to the tort claim notice filed by the victim’s family, the volunteer was closing down the Sponsor Hospitality Tent at the festival on July 16. Around 10:45 p.m., he saw two men walking towards the closed restrooms in the area.

The volunteer told one of the men, later identified as Sheriff David J. Gladieux, “Sir, the restrooms are closed, can I see your badge?” The document says only festival officials with badges were allowed in certain sections of the festival.

The notice says Gladieux responded, “I am the f****** Sheriff, move out of my way.”

The teen insisted on seeing his badge, because he said he did not believe he was the real Allen County Sheriff because he smelled of alcohol.

He said Gladieux briefly held up the badge then dropped it, and the tort claim notice says Gladieux then pushed the teen “very hard” to the ground.

The volunteer then called a Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) officer to come assist, who informed the teen’s mother of the incident. The notice says Gladieux was yelling at an FWPD officer when the teen identified him as the man who pushed him down.

The mother said she heard the Sheriff tell a FWPD officer that “he,(the victim) was just a f****** kid, there is not a g****** thing he can do about it.”

She said it appeared that Deputy Chief Gary Grant, the man who was with the Sheriff, balled up his fist, ready to hit the FWPD officer. The notice says the officer then allegedly grabbed Grant’s arm and said, “You don’t want to do that.”

The mother told one of the FWPD officers that Gladieux’s badge should be taken, and the officer replied, “He is the Sheriff.”

As part of the notice, the family lists physical pain, mental suffering, emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, unlawful and excessive force as damages. They requested no less than $300,000 for the damages.

Corinne Rose reported this story.

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Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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