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The Richmond Police Department recently completed an independent investigation of the allegations made against Kensington Police Sergeant Keith Barrow by Vanessa Cordova, a Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District Board member. [Read more…]
By Zachery A. Lopes 11/10/15
In Mullenix v. Luna, 577 U.S. ____ (2015), decided by the United States Supreme Court on November 9, 2015, the Court further defines and seemingly expands the reach of the doctrine of “qualified immunity” afforded peace officers when they use force alleged to be in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Now, “qualified immunity” should shield “all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law” from civil liability. [Read more…]
By Robert M. Wexler, Partner 8/31/15
Last week, a California Supreme Court unanimously held that a firefighter did not have a right to review or respond to negative comments contained in a “daily log” kept by his supervisor pursuant to the state’s Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (California Government Code, Section 3250, et seq., the “Act”). The holding in Poole v. Orange County Fire Authority has far reaching ramifications for all sworn public safety employees, including law enforcement personnel, since the language of Section 3255 is effectively identical to that in the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR), Section 3305. [Read more…]