East Palo Alto police sergeant sues police department, city

Sgt. Ronald Rhodes claims the city and police department violated a settlement agreement filed in 2013

An East Palo Alto police sergeant who reported another officer's March 2012 misconduct – a racial slur in reference to then-police chief Ronald Davis, posted on Facebook – is suing the police department and city for breaching a contract filed after the conflict.

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Posted by The Truth
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Good for him...cant wait to see him back where he belongs. All the officers/sgts with their personal agendas have fallen flat on their faces. Those of you who took part in this which hunt against Sgt Rhodes claim to be holier than thou!!!! All you have to do is look in your own back yard to see all of your own faults and shortcomings. That man has served this community since most of you were in diapers. not to mention his honorable military service to his country through 3 wars!!!! Yes 3 wars!!!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves. everyone of you who took part in all of these baseless complaints. shame on you all. say what you want about his policing skills or his supervisory skills. bottom line he is a good man.

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Posted by Neil
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Wow, having to deal with all the crime in EPA and then the drama from your own employer must have been incredibly hard to survive. My prayers go out to the sergeant.

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

>> The lawsuit alleges that after Rhodes made a copy of the Facebook post and gave it to his higher-ups, he "became the target of series of complaints by the friends and supporters of the individual that was terminated."

Then they should have fired the whole lot of them. Clearly whatever police officers their are in EPA are not doing a great job, maybe a culture of corruption and politics is part of the problem.

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Posted by D. Johnsen
a resident of University South
on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

Perhaps a student at stanford should notcoment about things he or she knows nothing about

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Posted by Tired of the BS
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

"entered into a handwritten settlement agreement to essentially close the door on any future investigations or allegations by both parties."

What does that mean? Are we suppose to believe that the Chief gave Sgt Rhodes a get out of jail free card and that the other officer could never file a complaint against Rhodes regardless of what he did?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Perhaps D. Johnsen shouldn't assume a commenter from Stanford is a student, and that they've been in the area for a long time. I, too, heard the same rumors, but I am sure that the dept. can't address them.

The whole thing sounds convoluted, complicated and difficult, involving many people with various levels of involvement. Ugh.

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