For many Los Angeles residents, police officers are the people that they trust to call when they are in need of various types of assistance. Law enforcement officials and other public servants have historically been held in veneration for the many sacrifices that they make for the benefit of their communities. Though confrontations between police officers and members of the public sometimes have unfortunate and unintended outcomes, members of the law enforcement community are important parts of keeping neighborhoods throughout the country safe.
However, it can be difficult for police officers to do their jobs when the agencies and departments that they work for do not have the best intentions. A small town in Southern California is currently in turmoil over allegations of corruption and the wrongful termination of more than half a dozen police personnel. The police officers were fired in what they believe to be a revenge plot perpetrated by their interim police chief, a police lieutenant, and other members of the city government.
The problems appear to begin with an allegedly corrupt member of the city council. That individual apparently wanted the police department's help to keep detractors out of her way while she ran for her seat and in exchange the police and other city departments would get lucrative contracts for their assistance. Somewhere in the mess of exploitation seven police officers received wrongful dismissals based on unlawful reasons for termination.
There are criminal and civil components to this convoluted matter, but at the heart of this story are several law enforcement officials who suffered wrongful terminations. With the help of their legal representatives, it is possible that they may be able to demonstrate the wrongdoing of the other parties that were involved in the process of making them lose their jobs.
Source: nbcsandiego.com, "Seven Calexico Officers Say They Were Fired in Revenge Plot, Lawsuit Says," Samantha Tatro, July 22, 2015