A lieutenant with the Jackson County Office of the Sheriff has filed a lawsuit against the department and its leader, Sheriff Steve Rand.

MLive.com reports that the lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Lieutenant Tommy Schuette by his attorney James K. Fett. The suit claims that Rand is a "multifaceted bigot." In an effort to prove this claim, Fett released audio allegedly of Rand, posted by MLive to their YouTube page. However, MLive includes a disclaimer: they have not independently verified that the audio is of Rand.

WLNS.com reports that the department responded to the lawsuit Wednesday. Sheriff Rand told their reporters that he could not comment due to the lawsuit and that the department's legal representation has not been able to fully review the lawsuit. An email drafted by Undersheriff Chris Kuhl reportedly states the same.

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