Lawsuit against city claims identity mix-up

A Lawrence man is suing the city for more than $75,000, claiming he was denied a job as a solid-waste loader because the city confused his name with that of a “known violent criminal” who happens to be his brother. Nathan Wallace says he’s suffered emotional stress and that it’s “highly offensive” to be confused with his brother, Erick.

According to the lawsuit, Nathan Wallace claims his brother has a long-standing feud with the city.

In 2004, Lawrence Police said Erick Wallace pulled out a sawed-off shotgun during an arrest on a federal weapons charge. Nathan Wallace claims the city mistakenly mixed up the two brothers in a city personnel database, and that police have shown the wrong brother’s photo in gang-related presentations to other police departments.

The city’s attorney, Jerry Cooley, has moved to dismiss the case, arguing among other things that the District Court doesn’t have jurisdiction. A case management conference is scheduled for Jan. 22.