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Cover Story - June 5, 2013

The unfiring of a Menlo Park police officer

How police officer Jeffrey Vasquez got his job back, and why shrouding binding arbitration in secrecy serves neither the public nor law enforcement

by Sandy Brundage

Questions linger months after the Almanac broke the story about the arrest, firing and reinstatement of veteran Menlo Park police officer Jeffrey Vasquez: How, exactly, does a police officer keep his job after being caught naked with a prostitute in a Sunnyvale motel room? How does he not only get reinstated after his firing, but awarded $188,000 in back pay, despite reportedly admitting that wasn't the first time he'd solicited a hooker for sex?

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