Oakland, California 2020-08-19 20:53:45 –
OAKLAND — Former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the city on Wednesday claiming she was fired in retaliation for exposing corruption and abuse of power in the police commission.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the US District Court of Northern California, alleges that the Oakland Police Commissioners routinely abused their power, and corruptly looked for special treatment by the police department. The allegations include that they frequently abused and harassed Oakland Police staff, interfered in day-to-day operations, and sought unlawful access to confidential documents.
Kirkpatrick claims in the suit that she was fired in February for standing up to the misconduct and reporting it.
“Rather than address the serious issues Chief Kirkpatrick raised, the City of Oakland, through Mayor Libby Schaaf and the members of Police Commission, fired the most progressive police chief in the city’s history for blowing the whistle on the Commission’s misconduct,” said her attorney R. James Slaughter of the law firm of Keker Van Nest & Peters, in a statement.
Kirkpatrick publicly stated she would file suit in March, shortly after she was fired. She filed a claim against the city in May. The prominent law firm also represents the city of Oakland, Alameda County and the Coliseum Authority, most notably in the ongoing legal battle against the Golden State Warriors over a roughly $40 million debt the authority says the team owes.
The Oakland Police Commission and Mayor Libby Schaaf on Feb. 20 jointly fired Kirkpatrick without cause, ending months of tension between the chief and the independent citizen board.
Kirkpatrick’s lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages for lost of pay, benefits and loss of future earnings.
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