Corrections Department Captain Under Fire For Husband’s Anti-NYPD Facebook Post

A Facebook post from a New York City Corrections Department captain’s husband has gone viral. In the post, the man calls the NYPD “pigs” and says it’s time to “shoot back.” The post was made Tuesday night on the shared Facebook account of Correction Captain La Shonda Stanley and her husband Rashid Stanley. Though their […]

Officer’s Monocular Vision Not Protected By The ADA

Carlos Melo began working as a police officer for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts in 1997. He injured his left eye while on duty in October 2002. The following year, after multiple surgeries, he returned to work without restrictions. In 2007, he became a station officer, which required him to answer police calls, run criminal […]

Weingarten Violation When Employer Ejects Representative From Meeting

Officers with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections are represented by the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association. In April 2018, Lieutenant Brian Taylor of the Department’s Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence began an investigation into an allegation that an inmate did not receive any food for several days. One of the targets of his investigation was […]

Employer Cannot Refuse To Negotiate With Union’s Lawyer

Lodge 109 of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police (FOTP) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) were parties to a collective bargaining agreement which was effective from April 29, 2012 through March 31, 2016. On March 2, 2017, the parties entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, extending the terms of the agreement through March […]

Officer’s Tampering Conviction Does Not Result In Pension Forfeiture

Thomas Ungard was employed by the City of Williamsport, Pennsylvania as a police officer from 1993 until he was suspended in 2006 and discharged in 2014. During his tenure, Ungard also served as a member and coordinator of the Lycoming County Drug Task Force, which frequently obtained vehicles through criminal and civil forfeiture proceedings. Membership […]

Failure To Communicate Not Breach Of Duty Of Fair Representation

Kevin Burger is a police officer with the Detroit Transit Police and a member of the Detroit Transit Police Officers Association. The Association is affiliated with the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM). Burger filed a claim with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, alleging that the Association and POAM had breached their duty of fair […]

Discipline Outside Of Statutory Time Frames Is ‘An Absolute Nullity’

Kevin Pozzo was a police officer with the New Orleans Police Department. On December 11, 2015, Pozzo and his then-fiancé, Melanie Wilson, who shared a residence, were drinking alcoholic beverages at home, and continued to drink afterward at an acquaintance’s party. Pozzo became upset when he observed Wilson talking with other men. After Pozzo confronted […]

Merely Owning Property Does Not Meet Residency Requirement

John Cannici was a firefighter with the Village of Melrose Park, Illinois. The Village requires that all firefighters live within the Village and “maintain resident status during his or her period of employment.” Cannici and his family lived together at a house in Melrose Park until 2008, when he purchased a second house in Orland […]

Seniority Prevails Over ADA For Day Off Selection

Natasha McIntyre was a sergeant with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. McIntyre worked the day shift, which runs from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., due to her seniority. In February 2016, McIntyre’s drug test revealed the presence of amphetamines. McIntyre had been prescribed the drug Adderall to treat her ADHD. She contacted Metro regarding […]

Disability Pension Subject To Division In Divorce

Adrian and Brooke Aurs were married in July 2007. At all times during the parties’ marriage, Adrian was employed as a police officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and was a member of the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund (1977 Fund). Brooke filed for divorce in November 2015. Adrian […]

No Mutiny, No Termination

On November 13, 2018, the City of Virden, Illinois served a notice of termination on a dispatcher by the name of Ibberson. The notice detailed four reasons for termination: (1) that Ibberson had encouraged another dispatcher to disregard telephone calls from the Department and had informed him of the date and time when she planned […]

Chief Wins $4.1 Million In Free Speech Lawsuit

Doug Greisen was the chief of police for the City of Scappoose, Oregon. In 2012, after more than ten years in that position, he became suspicious about the city’s accounting and budgeting practices. He worried Jon Hanken, the city manager, was hiding something. Greisen believed Hanken was suspiciously defensive about the budget, improperly delayed paying […]