A former police officer filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Burbank, according to the Los Angeles Times. Elfego Rodriguez filed the lawsuit in March, claiming he was terminated after he filed a separate lawsuit against Burbank in 2009 for racial discrimination and harassment. Rodriguez was eventually dropped from that lawsuit by the judge.
The Burbank Police Department terminated Rodriguez in 2010 for misconduct. The department claims Rodriguez used excessive force, an allegation that Rodriguez denied.
“The city’s position was, and always has been, that he was involved in misconduct and that’s the basis for him being terminated,” says City Attorney Amy Albano.
Rodriguez claims that the police chief and other city officials “conspired to retaliate” against him following his lawsuit “by making false accusations of unlawful conduct against him, intimidating witnesses and hiding exculpatory evidence.”
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