Officer Loses Lawsuit Against Prosecutor For Roll Call Comments

Edwin Diaz is a Miami-Dade Police Officer assigned to the Department’s Narcotics Bureau. On February 26, 2016, Diaz was arrested as part of a sting operation being conducted by the Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. The investigation focused on whether Narcotics Bureau officers were stealing money from […]

Q&A

From Florida:Question: I have a question regarding the City of Tampa’s practice of temporarily rescheduling a police officer’s work schedule in order to staff a city-sponsored special event such as a parade. We believe it’s done to avoid paying overtime that would be paid in order to staff the event. For example, if a police […]

DROP Reform Does Not Violate Constitution

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System is a public pension fund that provides comprehensive retirement, death, and disability benefits for approximately 9,300 active and retired City of Dallas police officers, firefighters, and their qualified dependents. Under the retirement plan, individuals become members of the pension system once they commence training at the police or […]

Municipal Convictions Disqualify Applicant From Police Job

Ramon Camilo applied for employment as a police officer in Jersey City and was ranked on the list of eligible candidates. At the request of the City, the Civil Service Commission removed Camilo’s name from the list based on past incidents detailed in a background investigation report. The background report cited the fact that in […]

Only Union, Not Terminated Police Commissioner, Can Compel Arbitration

Matthew Nichols was the Deputy Police Commissioner for Warren, Michigan. On July 18, 2018, Nichols responded to a dispatch call regarding a suspected shoplifting and took an active role in arresting the suspects, one of whom later alleged that Nichols used excessive force in effectuating the arrest. After an internal investigation the Department terminated Nichols. […]

Firefighter Who Smoked For 30 Years Wins Lung Cancer Claim

Wayne Deloatch worked as a firefighter for the City of Philadelphia from 1988, until he retired in 2008. Deloatch filed a workers’ compensation claim when was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. Over the course of his career, Deloatch worked at three different fire stations, none of which contained a diesel fuel emissions capture system. […]

Union Lawyer Not Liable To Member For Malpractice Claim

Russell Zander was a police officer with the Village of Fox Lake, Illinois. When the Village’s police chief filed formal charges recommending Zander’s termination, Zander’s labor organization, the FOP, assigned Roy Carlson to represent him. Carlson is a licensed attorney and FOP employee who represents members in grievance and termination proceedings. Zander did not pay […]

Video Shows Assault, Not Rough Sexual Foreplay

Joe Jones was a San Diego police officer. In December 2015, Jones traveled to Puerto Rico with his girlfriend, Sarah, to attend a boxing match. Sarah worked as a bookkeeper for the boxer’s wife. Several off-duty San Diego police officers also attended the boxing match as the boxer’s security detail. The day after the boxing […]

Promise Of No Discipline? No Weingarten Rights

The Fraternal Order of Transit Police (FOTP) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. Mark Byrne had been a police officer at SEPTA for approximately two-and-a-half years when in December 2017, Byrne responded to a radio call concerning a man on a train station platform with four other […]

No ‘Error Too Obvious To Be Unintentional’ On The Money Train

Tiffany Washington, an African American woman, served as a sergeant in the Metro Transit Police Department from 2008 to 2016. The Department is a unit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates trains and buses in and around the District of Columbia. Washington worked at WMATA’s Revenue Collection Facility in Alexandria, Virginia, […]

Requiring Pregnant Officer To Use Up Leave Violates Discrimination Law

Officer Kathleen Delanoy works for the Ocean Township Police Department in New Jersey. When Delanoy found out she was pregnant with her second child, she informed her supervisors her doctor recommended she be taken off patrol. She asked to be transferred to a light-duty or less strenuous position within the Department. She was consequently assigned […]

Management’s Petition Violates Fire Union’s Rights

The City of Pasadena, California and the Pasadena Fire Fighters Association Local 809 are parties to a memorandum of understanding, California’s equivalent of a collective bargaining agreement. Local 809 represents the Department’s approximately 150 sworn captains, engineers, and firefighters. Battalion chiefs are represented by the Pasadena Fire Management Association. A disagreement arose between Fire Chief […]

First Lawsuit Against Plain View Project Is Dismissed

In the summer of 2016, a team of attorneys in Philadelphia learned that numerous local police officers had posted content on Facebook that appeared to endorse violence, racism and bigotry. In some of these posts, officers commented that apprehended suspects – often black men – “should be dead” or “should have more lumps on his […]

Interview With Fire Chief Dan Kerrigan On Firefighter Health and Wellness

Fire Chief Dan Kerrigan talks about how to minimize the risk factors to firefighter health and how they can achieve and maintain what he calls functional fitness. This interview focuses on firefighters but is applicable to all public safety employees and employers. Topics covered: New awareness of the importance of firefighter fitness (00:02:35) Cardiovascular risks […]

Interview With Attorney and Author Ron DeLord

Will Aitchison interviews Ron DeLord, the founder of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT). In addition to being an attorney and experienced contract negotiator, Ron is a published author and respected historian of the law enforcement labor movement. Timestamp Topic 0:00 Introduction. 04:10 Ron’s background. 07:15 Founding of CLEAT. 11:28 The unique approach to […]