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Cop fired after failing drug test. Then he filed a federal lawsuit.

A former ‘rising star’ cop fired for allegedly using drugs on duty has sued the city of Miami Springs, saying it violated his rights.

Christopher T. Dweck worked as a Miami Springs police officer for six-and-a-half years until he was fired for violating “moral character standards,” his FDLE profile sheet shows. His separation date is listed as Nov. 17, 2017.

Dweck’s career came to a crashing halt at 3:18 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2017, when a hit-and-run driver smashed into his parked police cruiser on Northwest 36th Street, across from Miami International Airport.

After ripping the bumper and headlights off Dweck’s patrol car, which had its emergency lights activated, the hit-and-run driver fled west toward TGK Correctional Center, according to an internal police memo obtained by the Miami Herald through a public records request. The driver got away.

Dweck, who wasn’t hurt, was immediately ordered back to the station to undergo a drug test. Nine days later he “was notified by a physician that he tested positive for amphetamines and cocaine,” states a lawsuit filed Aug. 15, 2018, in Miami federal court.

“Completely surprised, Officer Dweck went to the physician’s office and retested. His results were negative,” the lawsuit states.

Dweck underwent two additional tests, the lawsuit states, with negative results.

Honored as “officer of the month” in May 2017, Dweck last earned an annual salary, with benefits, totaling $98,483, said city officials.

He asserts in his lawsuit that Miami Springs violated certain rights guaranteed to him “by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

Specifically, Dweck claims the city violated his right “to be free from searches and seizures by requiring him to submit to a drug test, and further, by distributing the unconfirmed results to other police officers and unknown persons.”

Aside from the city, Dweck also names a police sergeant and “unknown” Miami Springs police officers as defendants.

The city filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on Sept. 12. The case has been assigned to U.S. Judge Kathleen M. Williams.