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Menlo Park council explores binding arbitration in police-discipline cases

Original post made on Jan 31, 2014

What options besides binding arbitration exist for handling appeals filed by police officers facing discipline? The Menlo Park City Council held a study session to explore alternatives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 31, 2014, 8:24 AM

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Posted by Here's the deal
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

The real reason cops want binding arbitration wasn't covered in this article. Let me explain.

Arbitrators are highly paid for their time. And, the arbitrator must be agreed to by both parties, cop/union, and city.

This results in arbitrators who want to have a full plate of expensive work in front of them going the cops way most of the time, so they continue to get picked by the police union for future cases.

The securities industry has a similar racket going, called FINRA. Any account holder with a brokerage firm has agreed to disputes settled by FINRA arbitration. The FINRA arbitrators side with the securities people almost all the time, for the same rationale.

Stop this nonsense, and start serving the residents of your community. If courts of law are good enough for the people cops arrest, they're good enough for the cops themselves to appeal disciplinary actions.

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Posted by values
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

Based on the number of comments, residents are much more upset about the new mascot and logo guidelines than this issue.

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Posted by Lessons
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

They cared when the result of this arbitration policy resulted in the cop who admitted to seeing a prostitute during his shift retaining his job.

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Posted by ToBeFair
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Cops should get the same justice as the rest of us do. Their trials should be public, they should be publicly named, they should have the nastiest allegations smeared all over the news next to their mugshot.
What goes around should come around.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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Their trials are public. the only thing not public is what the departmental discipline is.

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