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Ex-police officer sues Menlo Park over firing

Original post made on Aug 4, 2014

Rolando Igno, formerly of the Menlo Park Police Department, has filed a lawsuit against the city on grounds that previous allegations of lying to his supervisors should not have been considered in a recent decision to terminate his employment.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

This officer should have been fired a long time ago. He was given plenty of opportunity to change his behavior. Additionally, a history of lying makes me wonder how often he has lied in court. If he was testifying against me in court, I'd be sure to point out his history of lying. When I saw his name, I thought this was going to be another of those 'race-card' claims. He deserves to be fired. I

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Posted by Unreal
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I expect this cop will get reinstated. It's a crying shame that in California we cannot fire a police officer who commits misconduct, for example, the Menlo Park cop who was caught with a prostitute. The police unions have their secret weapon: binding arbitration. The arbitrator won't go against the cops, since they want to continue to get hired at very high rates the next time a cop commits misconduct and a city tries to rid itself of him. This includes ex San Mateo county judges who serve as arbitrators. It really doesn't matter who the arbitrator is; the monetary incentive is there. There is simply NO valid reason these cops as well as other municipal employees shouldn't have to go to court to litigate their grievances. It's not a perfect system, to be sure, but is much better than this sham arbitration.

Multiple cases of lying to his superior? We all know in the private sector it would take only one such occurrence to cement a lawful firing. This racket has to stop.

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