San Diego Officers Apologize for 'Frivolous' Lawsuits

The new attorney for the San Diego Police Officers Association says officers are sorry for two lawsuits against the city he deemed "frivolous." The lawsuits from the union, along with a third, have resulted in the city spending $8.6 million for legal defense.

The new attorney for the San Diego Police Officers Association says officers are sorry for two lawsuits against the city he deemed "frivolous." The lawsuits from the union, along with a third, have resulted in the city spending $8.6 million for legal defense and have made the association the city's most expensive legal rival, reports KPBS.

The POA, in turn, has filed a malpractice suit against their former attorney, Gregory Petersen of Orange County.

According to the report:

One of the three cases brought by the POA was to force the city to pay officers for time spent putting on uniforms and protective gear and answering work-related emails.

Another case accused then-City Attorney Michael Aguirre of bribery and extortion related to contract negotiations, and sought his removal from office. A third suit was a spinoff of the second; both alleged that the city's underfunding of the pension violated police officers' constitutional rights.

Read the full story at KPBS.org.

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