Statewide University Police Association Files Lawsuit Over Illegally Maintained Personnel Documents

supalogoappMonterey Bay, CA –. In the midst of the national debate over police brutality, a Cal State University Monterey Bay police corporal faces termination for refusing to join officers from a neighboring agency in using force on a mentally ill student on campus last February.

During the incident, the corporal and the three outside officers found the student injured and unarmed, but noncompliant with their efforts to get him medical attention. The outside officers deployed their Tasers multiple times, while the university corporal elected to use verbal commands to gain compliance due to concerns about the student’s mental and physi-
cal condition. CSUMB University Police Chief Earl Lawson has since moved to terminate the corporal for allegedly failing to act.

During the course of the investigation the corporal became aware that CSU illegally maintained documents containing unsubstantiated allegations of policy violations in his personnel file. In an effort to enforce his rights under the Public Safety Officer’s Procedural Bill of Rights, the corporal filed a lawsuit in Monterey County Superior Court on January 30, 2015. The corporal seeks to have the adverse comments removed from his personnel file.

The corporal will defend his decision to use verbal commands at a hearing this Friday in hopes of saving his job. Fresno State Chief of Police David Huerta will preside. Chief Huerta has the authority to overturn CSU’s decision to terminate a tenured employee with no prior discipline. SUPA is hopeful he will exercise his discretion and meaningfully consider the corporal’s perspective and the Department’s violation of his rights. SUPA officials urge students, staff and citizens to voice their concerns about the use of force by campus police by contacting Chief Huerta immediately at 559.278.8400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The California Statewide University Police Association represents over 300 police officers, corporals and sergeants in the California State University police system. Its members protect roughly 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff on all 23 CSU campuses.

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