First Thursday, October 2016

The following cases are covered in this month’s podcast: Fire Captain Discharged For Refusing To Stop Using Department Email For Religious Messages, Sprague v. Spokane Valley Fire Department, 2016 WL 5239627 (Wash. App. 2016) Polygraph Examination Is An ‘Interrogation’ Covered By Bill Of Rights, Miller v. City of Gonzales, 2016 WL 4563729 (La. App. 2016) […]

Fort Worth Accuses Top Brass Of Violating Police Contract, Retaliation

FORT WORTH, TX – Two police administrators ordered subordinates to break the rules to allow four unqualified police officers to join the department through a special recruiting program, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association alleges. Assistant Chief Abdul Pridgen and Deputy Chief Vance Keyes then retaliated against Lt. William Hix and Sgt. S. Rhoden after […]

Investigation Fails To Determine Who Leaked Seattle Police Contract

SEATTLE, WA – After a two-month inquiry, an outside investigator hired by the city of Seattle has been unable to determine who leaked confidential documents to The Stranger newspaper detailing labor negotiations with the Seattle police guild. The finding, at a cost of roughly $65,000, was disclosed in a letter posted Tuesday on the Seattle […]

San Francisco Firefighters Lead Nation In Trying To Detect, Prevent Cancer

When crews go into a fire, they have respirators and oxygen tanks to help them breathe and protect their lungs. But it turns out there may be other risk factors for cancer in the clothes that firefighters wear. Firefighters are not only exposed to flames, but they are also exposed to burning chemicals and burning […]

Arlington Police Union Sues City Over New Recruitment Policy

ARLINGTON, TX – The Arlington Municipal Patrolman’s Association, one of two main city police unions, is suing the city over what it considers an “overly broad” policy that restricts how new officers are recruited to unions. The AMPA argues that the policy, which was issued in May and prohibits off-duty recruitment of officers outside allotted […]

D.C. Police, Labor Union Settle Divisive Claims Over Overtime And All Hands On Deck

D.C. police and the union for the rank-and-file officers have ended one of their most divisive disputes with a $9 million agreement to pay overtime for working All Hands on Deck, the former chief’s signature crime-fighting program. The settlement worked out over the weekend comes after a federal arbitrator ruled in 2009 that the extra […]

LA Police Union Demands End To Free Police Services For USC Game

The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commissioner Matthew Johnson saying the police who take care of security for USC home football games “will be compelled to take further action” if they are not paid for their services. According to the letter, on-duty police officers […]