Demoted LAPD Capt. Files Harassment Claim Against Chief
September 05, 2012
The Los Angeles Police Department commander who was demoted for his handling of the rough arrest of a nurse in Tujunga has filed a harassment claim against Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Capt. Joseph Hiltner, a 34-year department veteran, was "demoted two substantial levels and transferred against my will without cause," reports NBC4.
Chief Beck demoted Hiltner for the Aug. 21 arrest of Michelle Jordan that was captured on surveillance video cameras at a nearby Del Taco. Two officers pulled over Jordan for talking on her cell phone. Jordan exited her car and was handcuffed by the officers, who slammed her to the ground.
Hiltner did not report the incident to supervisors or remove the officers from the field, Chief Beck has said.
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Steve Swenson @ 9/6/2012 6:43 PM
As a retired captain with 35 years on the job, filing a harassment complaint against your boss is a lose, lose outcome waiting to happen. Either use the resources available to you to fight this action, suck it up and move on, or retire if that is an option. As a wise old academy sergeant once said"never get in a pissing match with a skunk when he is standing on a ledge above you."
michael @ 9/7/2012 12:07 AM
I think there is more to this story then we have heard. May be more history prior to this incident where personality conflicts may be at the core of it. If so, go for it because law suits are the only thing that gets these AH Admin. attention. They don't care about your peace officer bill of rights or your side of the story etc........Quick to judge and punish is the way they do business today.
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