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Cover Story - January 16, 2013

Menlo Park cop caught with prostitute keeps job

• Case sheds light on confidential police disciplinary process.

by Sandy Brundage

Hearing a knock at the Motel 6 door, a prostitute wearing a black catsuit answered, $20 bills stashed in her cleavage. In the bathroom, Sunnyvale police officers found a veteran Menlo Park police detective wearing nothing. End of his career? Nope.

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Posted by Bob Wood
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

It seems to me that the leak was not accidental. The two city managers had no business discussing "confidential personnel matters" in a bar....with in ear shot of a newspaper reporter!! One of the first lessons I learned as a member of MPPD was never to talk about anything around a reporter.

A case could be made that this was an attempt at payback for the decision concerning Officer Vasquez reinstatement with full back pay

Maybe Officer Vasquez has a law suit here. If he should decide to sue the city I would like to point out, so far, the score is Jeff Vazquez 2 City of MP 0!

The current City manager should be disciplined for his lack of judgement...maybe even fired

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Posted by watchingu
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Please check and find out how many internal affairs officer Vasquez was involved in. This man is so arrangant! His name is pretty much Mud. shame shame shame.

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Posted by Ricky
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 20, 2013 at 2:03 am

Common on now ha ha When did we start getting critical of these type of incidents. President Clinton lied under oath about having sex with Monica Lewinski, but we gave him a pass. I bet most of the people who have commented here forgave the president. I'm not saying what the cop did or what the President did is okay Im just saying...

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Posted by How to get fired if you're a cop
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Apparently seeing a prostitute while on duty doesn't qualify. Christopher Dorner, ex-Los Angeles cop who is currently on a killing rampage down there got fired for complaining a fellow officer used excessive force, though.