Arbitrator Barbara Kong-Brown recently reinstated Richmond Police Officer Jeff Tyner to work nearly two years after he was unjustly terminated for a traffic accident. Thanks to former Acting Richmond Police Chief Charles Bennett, Jeff was forced to fight for his job back. Thanks to support from the PORAC Legal Defense Fund, he prevailed.
At the time that Jeff was terminated, Chief Bennett was apparently in charge of getting rid of officers by any means necessary in order to prevent the horribly mismanaged City of Richmond from declaring bankruptcy. Chief Bennett’s problem in this case was that no Richmond officer had ever been fired for a first traffic accident. So, he played dirty. Bennett added a completely unsupportable allegation of “untruthfulness” to the multitude of other unsupportable charges against Jeff, likely precluding Jeff from obtaining a law enforcement job elsewhere. Fortunately, an arbitrator would have the ultimate say on the matter.
On the morning of the accident, Jeff came in three hours before the start of his regular shift to help clear up calls that had stacked up the previous night. Not even an hour into his extended shift, one of Jeff’s co-workers broadcasted a foot pursuit of a narcotics suspect in an area of Richmond known for drugs, violence and people more than willing to take on the police. Jeff was relatively close to the pursuit and responded Code Three. Unfortunately, as often can happen during Code Three responses, Jeff became involved in a fairly serious collision with a civilian vehicle at an intersection after the civilian ignored Jeff’s lights and siren and pulled in front of his police car.
Jeff and the civilian were both injured. Jeff sustained several cuts, including a gash to his head, severe back pain and headaches that lasted for weeks. He was prescribed pain medication and took some of it before being told to return to the Police Department to give a statement. Even a cursory review of the recording of that interview clearly demonstrates that Jeff was confused, traumatized and quite emotional when answering the CHP’s questions only hours after the collision. When asked his vehicle’s speed before the collision, Jeff’s answer was the following: “I would say my speed was around–because I had just turned–I don’t know, I would say somewhere–I don’t know. I would say somewhere in the 30 to 40, maybe 30 to 40.” That equivocal statement alone is what Chief Bennett relied upon in his attempt to end Jeff’s livelihood.
The CHP conducted an investigation into the accident, which included witness interviews and accident reconstruction. At least one of the witnesses to the accident estimated Jeff’s speed before the collision to be 30-35 miles per hour. However, the CHP’s measurements and calculations rendered a speed estimate for Jeff’s car of somewhere between 53 and 65 miles per hour before the two cars collided. Incredibly, Chief Bennett, without ever actually listening to the tape of Jeff’s interview with the investigators, unilaterally called Jeff’s guess at his speed “untruthful” when compared to the CHP’s speed estimate and recommended termination.
The arbitration started in December and Bennett was the first witness for the City of Richmond. During his testimony, he was finally compelled to listen to the recording of Jeff’s interview for the first time and was forced to admit that Jeff sounded emotional and confused. When asked to reconcile why an independent witness might have estimated the same speed that Jeff had, Chief Bennett dismissed the civilian witness’ honest belief as an amateur mistake when compared with Jeff’s “training in speed estimation”. When asked to identify the type of training that Jeff had received on the subject of speed estimation, Chief Bennett firmly stated that Jeff had been trained to estimate a vehicle’s speed during the handheld radar class he took in the police academy. However, when prodded on the issue, the Chief had no idea which police academy Jeff had attended and had never bothered to check Jeff’s academy record before asserting his knowledge of the curriculum. He guessed. He was wrong. Jeff had never attended a handheld radar class or received training to estimate the speed of a vehicle.
Ironically, Chief Bennett had been found at fault in his own on-duty injury accident only months prior to Jeff’s accident. Two weeks following Bennett’s accident, the CHP asked him to estimate his speed prior to the collision that sent him to the hospital and caused significant damage to the other vehicles involved. His response: “I don’t remember.” When asked what might have happened with Jeff’s case had Jeff refrained from his estimate and offered the same “I don’t remember” response, Bennett had to admit that the allegation of untruthfulness would never have been possible.
Not that Chief Bennett could have ever been fired over his own accident with the internal investigation that he devised for himself. Amazingly enough, Bennett evaluated his own accident using a Departmental “formula” which allows for a lot of leeway for scoring depending upon the person doing the evaluating. Bennett gave himself a much lower score than the formula seemed to dictate and recommended a one day suspension for himself. The latest Acting Chief at Richmond PD, Terry Hudson, was asked during the arbitration to independently evaluate Bennett’s accident using the same formula and came up with a much higher score than Bennett had. Hudson also thought it “odd” that Bennett had not asked a neutral third party to evaluate his accident and recommend discipline.
Chief Hudson, who took over the helm from Bennett on January 1st and seemed to have a much sunnier disposition than his predecessor, did not fare much better as the second witness for the City. He offered testimony about two memos that he had written regarding Jeff’s accident which called his credibility into serious question, testimony that Arbitrator Barbara Kong-Brown later wrote “troubled” her. Not surprisingly, during a break in the middle of the cross-examination of Chief Hudson, the attorney for the City finally started talking seriously about a settlement offer. A tentative agreement was reached in the middle of the arbitration where Jeff was to be reinstated with approximately nine months of back pay and benefits pending acceptance of the agreement by the Richmond City Council.
This is the same Richmond City Council that mismanaged the city onto the verge of bankruptcy. In their infinite wisdom, the council members rejected the tentative settlement agreement and the arbitration was forced to continue over the course of the following months, finally ending on a high note with Jeff’s consistent and credible testimony.
It was worth the wait. Arbitrator Barbara Kong-Brown’s award almost completely exonerated Jeff. She agreed that Jeff was not untruthful to investigators and had not violated several of the driving-related allegations lumped on by the Department, including driving Code Three without authorization and without his siren activated. Thanks to the Richmond City Council’s foresight, Jeff ended up receiving a much shorter suspension than he would have under the settlement agreement and will end up being paid nearly 20 months of back pay and benefits.
Jeff is just glad that the odyssey is over and looks forward to being able to provide for his family again. Jeff is eternally grateful to the PORAC LDF for ensuring he received the due process to which he was entitled and the mid-year Christmas presents that will include his badge wrapped in a nice fat paycheck.
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Dear PORAC Legal Defense Fund, This email has been weighing on my heart and should have been sent a long time ago. However, time seems to move fast even though your life has been put on hold. I have been on administrative leave since December of 2012. In April of 2013, I was arrested for the performance of my duties. Since the administrative side this case has not been resolved, I won't be getting into specific details regarding my case. However, I will say that I never thought that my life would turned upside down by doing the job that I love, and doing it in a way that I had been trained. I have been in Law Enforcement for 10 years, and I have been paying my monthly dues all along. I never really understood how important paying dues might be for me, I just thought it was the "cost of business". After being arrested, I understood the real worth of that investment. Because of politics, my case was given the "full court press". On January 3rd of 2014, the case against me was dismissed. It took no less than 5 experts to convince the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office to request dismissal. The time, effort, and money that this case cost couldn't have been endured by me as the sole provider of a family of four. LDF was there, big time. The panel attorney's under LDF were the best in the business. In the uncertain time during the criminal process, I couldn't have imagined how much help they could be. What a relief to know that LDF had my back. I am used to defending those who can't defend themselves. That's my job. When I was defenseless, LDF and the attorneys assigned to my case were my advocates and defenders. I thank you. My criminal attorney said it best at the conclusion of my criminal case: "Adam and his family are thankful that they can now move forward. The evidence showing Sgt. Laird was innocent was overwhelming. The expert EPD hired said that the suspect was rising up when Sgt. Laird pushed him back to the ground. The two experts that the DA’s office hired said that the force was reasonable and appropriate. The defensive tactics instructor who trained Adam said he acted consistent with his training in apprehending a high risk suspect in a dangerous situation. In total, five separate police practices experts reviewed the case and unanimously said Sgt. Laird acted appropriately". "It is hard to imagine what it must be like to risk your life apprehending a known gang member only to be charged with using excessive force when the suspect stated that he did not even feel the contact at issue. It is simply bizarre that Sgt. Laird was ever charged with a crime". Thank you. My family and I will forever be grateful for your service, Sergeant Adam Laird
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To whom it may concern: Let me start by saying how much I appreciate the opportunity to join the PORAC Legal Defense Fund. This is a great benefit for our membership. During the past twelve months I was fortunate to have access to the Legal Defense Fund through MPCA. Earlier this year I was both surprise, and disappointed, when realized that I needed to provide counsel to mediate pending litigation. In accessing the Legal Defense Fund I found your staff to be very professional and reassuring. The staff felt that [my representative]., would be the best ft for the situation. I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation for being represented by [Rick Barry]. Not only was he a good fit for the circumstances, at times it seemed as if he was the only attorney out of several involved that really had a grasp on the issues. Again, I would like to thank the PORAC staff, and know that I could not have been better served than by what was provided by [my representative].
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(My attorney) is a very good attorney, despite his young age. He kept me well informed throughout my legal matter and returned phone calls in a prompt manner. I was very satisfied with his performance and would not hesitate to be represented by him again.
- Andrew Hill Statewide University PA
I have used this law firm for union related business for the last several years. It was a no brainer to call them for LDF.
- James F. Beland Lake County SDA
- Gilbert Salazar Montebello POA
Can’t say enough. Both representatives that I had in 2016 were excellent. ( My attorney ) made himself available to me in late night hours, which made me feel comfortable and at ease. This program is essential to us in law enforcement.
- Chris Moore Palo Alto POA
No Complaints. Great Resource.
- Diana Drummey Coronado POA
I so appreciated my LDF rep - his kindness and understanding re my case during an embarrassing and uncomfortable time - he was so caring.
- Brad Young Oakland POA
[ My representative ] is an awesome attorney.
- Gregory Carbett Ontario POA
The attorney assigned to my case was GREAT! It's sad, but it's impossible to be an officer in today's world without a defense fund like PORAC LDF. I am now retired and signed up for the retired officers CCW LDF. Thanks!
- Anthony Zack Vernon POA
This was the first time in my twenty-five year career that I had to use the services of my legal defense fund. My LDF Representative was extremely courteous, informative and professional.. She addressed all of my concerns and answered all of my questions. She did an overall outstanding job of representing me and handling my case. I could not have been any more pleased or satisfied with the job she did! I would definitely request her to represent me in the future if I needed representation.
- Sean Tinney Berkeley PA
[My representative] was very attentive to my case and thorough with his investigation. I would request [him] again in the future.
- Robert Glock Oakland POA
I am always satisfied with LDF and all their representatives.
- Grace Castro AFGE Local 2455 – Laredo, TX
My representative was very kind and showed he cared when explaining what my legal rights were when dealing with an internal investigation.
- Erik Kusmerz Lyon Co SEA
Amazing job, Thank you.
- Allison Clark Twin Cities POA
[My representative] is the best attorney LDF has. Her attention to details, professionalism, and intelligence were off the charts. If I did not have her as a rep I would probably be out of a job. She is fair and she was honestly concerned about me, my family and my case.
- Dwayne Sue Oakland POA
[My representative was] great! She kept me informed and was very professional. She would be my choice if I should need her services in the future! (But I hope I won't) Thanks!
- Sherri Coral Riverside Community College
He was very professional. I trusted him to defend and he did! I am very thankful he was here for me.
- Kristen Patterson Contra Costa Co Prob. Assn.
[My representative] was helpful and made me feel supported. I got the results I desired. Very pleased with the process.
- Andrew J. Brice Santa Maria POA
As always... an excellent result.
- Eric White Emeryville POA
Very satisfied with the LDF services provided. Thank you.
- Steven Curtiss Shasta Co DSA
This was my first need for LDF support and I was very happy with the level of service. Thank you.
- Omar Daza-Quiroz Oakland POA
I have had (2) two cases in which LDF represented me. Both lawyers were exceptionally professional, intelligent and caring for me. They were friendly and very helpful.
- David Heller Yolo County DSA
The charges against me, if sustained, would have likely ended my LE career. I was rightfully exonerated on all charges. I was well represented by [My Representative] and thank him for a job well done!!
- Craig Caches Fremont POA
I have only used LDF once for myself, which with the circumstance was great. I work with LDF in my assignment ( OIS investigator ) and after approximately 4-5 OIS's, I have great experiences with LDF.
- Paul Barrolaza Twin Cities POA
- Greg Harman Kensington POA
[My representative] is the best!!
- Ron Ruddy Riverside POA
- Stephen Woodward Palm Springs POA
Great job by my LDF lawyer. I have had to use them several times over my 20 year career and their service is invaluable.
- William Pryor Statewide University PA
Very helpful program. Helped keep department personnel focused on the issue regardless of their personal issues.
- Anthony Alonzo South Gate POA
Very pleased with the way the process was explained to me. Received updated info faster than I expected. Overall a good experience in a not so good situation. Thanks to LDF.
- Gina Romines San Joaquin Co Corr POA
I couldn't have been more satisfied with the representative!
- Michael Kan Palo Alto POA
I have always been and will continue to be a strong supporter of LDF and would not work as a police officer without it. I am extremely happy with the service I have received both from LDF and [my representative].
- Melvarene Hayes LA Airport POA
They were there when I needed them and my whole case was handled on the phone. I met my representative after my case closed and he was at our union meeting when I had the pleasure to meet him and thank him in person.
- Jonathan Smith San Diego D.A. Investigators
I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with my LDF Representative, the process and the outcome of my case.
- James Beckman Miracosta College POA
Excellent service everytime.
- Keith Stiver Hayward POA
[My representative] brings a superlative reputation, a comforting and confidence building demeanor and a clear expertise to the table. In particular I appreciate her philosophy that she gives her total undivided attention to her clients during their appointments.
- Kenneth S. Blonski East Bay Regional Parks PMA
I was very pleased with my representative.
- Rick Stephens Alpine CO DSA
My representative was very good. I highly recommend my lawyer to anyone.
- Linda Mendez Imperial Co Prob and Corr
I'm very pleased with the services offered by the LDF. I feel so fortunate to enjoy the benefits of having the membership. The services provided by LDF to its members is simply 110% professional, supportive, great!! LDF care for its members is reflected by the quality of Best Law Firm offered, simply the best!
- Albert Contreas Imperial Co. DSA
Thank you for your services.
- Rich Stepper Montana PPA
[ My representative ] was very knowledgeable regarding dept & legal rules regarding officer involved shooting. Provided good legal advice & was very supportive.
- Christopher Wirth A F G E Border Patrol
LDF referred me to [ representative ] in Spokane, WA. [ Representative ] did an outstanding job representing me. Thank you very much for the referral ! I would not be employed any longer had it not been for [ representative ] and his legal team.”
- Kim Jasper Alhambra POA
Excellent service, prompt and courteous.
- Rodd N. Joseph Clearlake MMA
I appreciate the fact that my representative met with me in a social setting prior to the interview, during which time she learned the facts of the case. She was prepared for the interview. She seemed to have a genuine interest in my case.
- James Stephenson Petaluma POA
Outstanding service. Thanks.
- Brian Markert Lakewood Police Indp Guild
I feel that I was very well represented by the LDF regarding a fatal officer involved shooting. Both attorneys assigned to assist me - our guild attorney plus a criminal defense attorney - were very aggressive and helpful. Their work was instrumental in helping me to navigate the criminal and internal investigations so that I could return to full duty status.
- Christopher Walters Antioch POA
My LDF rep was very attentive, and courteous. She made every effort to keep me informed, and kept my best interests at the front of the process. I was very satisfied with my LDF rep, and the entire process.
- Cathleen Weldon Siskiyou Correctional POA
Very Comforting to have a knowledgeable person looking out for my best inerests. Thx!
- Robyn Delaney Mono County PSOA
[My Representative] truly is an exceptional attorney. He has always represented me with honesty and compassion. Well Done.
- Rachael Van Sloten Oakland POA
LDF is absolutely essential to help make a system that is somewhat broken work more effectively. [My Representative] is excellent and takes a great deal of time to lisen and represent.
- Tia Dixione Inglewood POA
My representative was very helpful and informative.
- Christopher Wells Hollister POA
My rep was great.
- Gerhard Wallace Santa Clara Co DSA
I think that [my representative] did a great job in presenting my case. I would recommend her to any deputy (officer) facing disciplinary action. My case was minor compared to other cases but [she] still did a professional job.
- Jurell Snyder Oakland POA
My LDF representative had a power point presentation, which was extremely professional.
- Marshall Henderson Vancouver Police Officers Guild
I have used LDF in 3 OIS's. Each time I have been very well taken care of. I highly recommend [ representative ] and the PORAC system. Well done and thank you.
- Carl Miller Clearlake POA
- Nicholas Belliveau Sebastopol POA
High quality service, proficient, well informed. Overall, very happy with experience.
- Marco Flores Ventura County PPOA
Great program. I was lost until the attorneys explained the situation. I was very impressed and satisfied. Thanks LDF.
- Ronald J. Danison El Monte POA
The LDF is a tool available to me which I hope never goes away. It makes me feel that much more confident to do my job knowing LDF has my back when police work gets ugly. And it usually does..
- Erick Gaunt Palos Verdes POA
- Korey Lankow Assn Highway Patrol of Arizona
Outstanding service from bottom-to-top.
- William Jackson Santa Maria POA
Keep up the great work.
- Brendan Tinney UC Berkeley POA
[My representative] has represented me twice now and both times I have been very pleased with his thoroughness with handling my cases. I appreciate all what LDF and [my representative] have done for me.