MILTON — Santa Rosa Sheriff Office has a reason to celebrate this week.

Sheriff Bob Johnson announced Tuesday that the department was cleared of a civil lawsuit brought against them in November 2013.

"I want our public to know that when our officers are accused of a crime and we believe they have been falsely accused of a crime or violating someone's civil rights, we are going to take it as far as we need to take it," Johnson said.

Johnson said even though the incident happened back in 2013 it had just gone to the federal courts. He said that all four of the officers who were falsely accused of violating civil rights have been exonerated. Three of the officers are still active and one officer has retired Johnson said.

"We are very proud of that fact (they were exonerated)," he said.

Johnson said he wanted the public to know if an officer ever does violate someone's civil rights, they will be held accountable for it.