MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A deputy is suing the Hennepin County Sheriff, claiming his K-9 was taken away after he questioned department morale.

The exchange was caught on camera at a union meeting last summer when Sheriff Rich Stanek was seeking re-election.

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Deputy Ethan Weinzierl was heard on video questioning Stanek.

“There’s no other way to put it. Nobody’s bragging about this place as they did in the past,” Weinzierl said.

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He says the Stanek retired his K-9 and removed him from the unit two months after asking the sheriff those questions.

His dog, Eddie, was considered one of the county’s top crime K-9s.

WCCO first told you about what happened in January. Weinzierl has now filed a lawsuit against Stanek and the department, saying he has missed out on overtime and the department violated his First Amendment rights.

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The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has yet to file a response in court to the lawsuit.