Irwindale hit with $20 million civil suit

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Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#1 Aug 23, 2013
Irwindale hit with $20 million civil suit

Posted: 08/23/13, 7:25 PM PDT |

A Chino woman has filed a $20 million civil lawsuit against the city of Irwindale after an Irwindale police officer allegedly sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop and forced her to perform oral sex.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the city knew Sgt. David Fraijo was “unfit” and city officials consciously disregarded the safety of others in employing him.

The alleged assault by Fraijo occurred Oct. 20 near the intersection of Azusa Canyon Road and Arrow Highway. The woman was working, delivering newspapers, when she was stopped about 5:15 a.m. by an officer who was driving a marked SUV police cruiser.

The complaint claims that Fraijo,“forcibly touched the plaintiff’s breast(s) with his hand(s) and forced the plaintiff to touch and kiss and orally copulate (Fraijo’s) penis.”

Fraijo no longer works for the police department, according to City Manager John Davidson. He declined to say whether Fraijo was fired or resigned.

The City Council has been informed of the lawsuit and will review it with the city’s attorney and give direction in how the city will handle it, said Davidson.

In April, the woman filed a $1 million claim against the city, which is separate from the lawsuit. She said she suffered emotional, psychological and physical injuries as a result of the alleged assault.

Davidson said that Carl Warren, the city’s third-party administrator, is reviewing the claim and will advise the council whether to accept or deny the claim.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, which is ongoing, said Davidson.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore knew nothing about the status of the investigation.

The Sheriff’s Department has not yet brought the case forward to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

The civil lawsuit outlines four causes of action:

- The woman’s constitutional rights were violated.

- Her rights to due process, equal protection and privacy were violated.

- She was falsely imprisoned.

- She was sexually battered.

The woman is requesting $5 million in damages for each claim.

Fraijo is one of three current or former Irwindale police officers under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

Officer Daniel Camerano was placed on paid administrative leave amid accusations that he had inappropriate relationships with Explorer Scouts.

Lt. Mario Camacho is accused of sexually harassing a female police cadet.
Now What U Gonna Do

United States

#2 Aug 24, 2013
There is a serious problem here with these cases! It appears that the city continues to look the other way on misconduct and does not want to protect the citizens / taxpayers or their employees. It must be okay to lie, cheat, steal, unlawfully touch, commit embezzlement, cover up, harass, retaliate, make false workers compensation claims, and mistreat employees.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#3 Aug 24, 2013
This is what happens when you allow an uneducated person make decisions. The Fraijo boys were hired by Mark Breceda even though their were other officers with much higher test scores. Breceda hired the Fraijo brothers to get the family vote. So he can stay in office so he can embezzle money from the citizens of Irwindale.

One of these days the citizens are going to realize just how much harm Breceda has done to their community.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#4 Aug 24, 2013
Wait till the attorneys find out how and why the Fraijo brothers were hired.
Get a Life

Duarte, CA

#5 Aug 24, 2013
The Fraijo brothers were not hired simultaneously, actually years apart. David was hired because he passed all rounds of the testing and hiring process with the highest results after applying following an Honorable Discharge from the military... More than I can say for you. The city gets sued by many people on a daily basis and must make the decision to proceed with litigation on a case-by-case basis, this is not unusual. These are allegations and only allegations at this point. This lawsuit comes from someone who is trying to extort money from someone they believe has deep pockets. Why aren't we looking more into the person? Hmmm... Someone who is also asking for amnesty for her and her entire illegal family from immigration. Someone who has a history of these failed lawsuits. Someone who waited a month to report this to a radio station promoting to help anyone obtain a legal status if you have been a "victim" by any cause in the country. Most of the time you never hear of the daily lawsuits that are presented but because of the radio station lawyer she has obtained in order avoid deportation we are hearing a lot of this. Just remember...all allegations! If this person was a serious threat and the case was strong it would have been filed, it's been a year now.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#6 Aug 24, 2013
Blow your crow somewhere else. There is video evidence that Fraijo did what is alleged. And both brothers were hired by Breceda to get the family vote. and their test results were below standard.

So tell us again why he is no longer an Irwindale Police Officer.
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#7 Aug 24, 2013
"We had a citizen make an allegation of improprieties by one of our officers," Smith said.

A source close to the investigation said the woman claimed she was assaulted by Sgt. David Fraijo. Attempts to contact Fraijo and his attorney were unsuccessful.

"We took this matter very seriously," Smith said. "As soon as the allegation was brought to our attention, the employee of concern was placed on administrative leave and we immediately launched an administrative investigation.

"We've concluded that investigation. The person is no longer with this agency," he said. But Smith and other officials declined to reveal the findings of the internal probe or say whether the sergeant was terminated, again citing privacy laws.
Please get a life

Corona, CA

#8 Aug 24, 2013
Wow! You are more ignorant than I thought. The Fraijo family are not Breceda "supporters" per say and would definitely not be able to be hired specifically by him. In fact, Breceda declined to make a recommendation for hire for either. There is an outside panel who tests and makes the decisions of new hires comprised of many people from several different agencies. Please get your facts straight. This person is no longer an employee because he wouldn't testify in another's favor during another recent lawsuit of wrongdoing against the former administration and refused to be bullied. Please, please educate yourself.
Please get a life

Corona, CA

#9 Aug 24, 2013
And if the video evidence, which I know you haven't seen like i have, had shown that act he would have been arrested. Go follow your own city's news please!
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#10 Aug 24, 2013
Blowing smoke again. Breceda had everything to do with hiring the Freijo brothers.

and their scores were below standard.

Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#11 Aug 24, 2013
There is an outside panel who tests and makes the decisions of new hires comprised of many people from several different agencies.

That is how it is suppose to work, But not in Irwindale

Do you remember when the city was hiring a bus driver. They turned down qualified drivers and held the job for Rosemary's husband until he could pass the commercial test. He was so lame that the city payed for his drivers lessons.

Irwindale has a history of hiring unfit and under qualified employees.

Do you remember when the city was hiring a administrative hearing officer. Breceda hired his cousin Jason Hickman. barely out of school. no advanced education and only had one part time fork lift drivers job.

Do you remember that one.. I do Because I stopped it.
Please get a life

Corona, CA

#12 Aug 24, 2013
If you'd like a copy of the scores I can direct you to where to obtain them. Both scored at a very high percentage. As for the other positions you referred to, they were not Sworn Police positions which are hired through a complete different process dictated by the State not the local City. Like I said, please educate yourself! Fraijo was never a Breceda ass kisser which is why his ordeal was never swept under the rugged so many others.
Please get a life

Corona, CA

#13 Aug 24, 2013
*swept under the rug like so many others
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#14 Aug 24, 2013
Your full of crap. They did not have high scores and their were other more qualified officers who were overlooked because Breceda was vote buying with city resources. So the state hired the local freijo boys. Put the bottle down. Please direct me to a copy of their test scores.

The Freijo boys are Breceda ass kissers. his ordeal was never swept under the rug because video evidence. Irwindale citizens who know the truth are laughing at you.
Please get a life

Corona, CA

#15 Aug 25, 2013
The only one getting laughed at is you my dear. It's "Fraijo" and if you knew as much as you think you know about the family dynamics, you would know how ignorant you sound! Like I said before, if video evidence was so damning, he would have been arrested over a year ago. As far as test scores, he scored highest on oral, written and qualifications leading to his hiring. Please go hide under your rock!
Car Barker

Chowchilla, CA

#17 Aug 26, 2013
Please get a life wrote:
The only one getting laughed at is you my dear. It's "Fraijo" and if you knew as much as you think you know about the family dynamics, you would know how ignorant you sound! Like I said before, if video evidence was so damning, he would have been arrested over a year ago. As far as test scores, he scored highest on oral, written and qualifications leading to his hiring. Please go hide under your rock!
This must be from Dave Fraijo's over weight wife. A good case takes time dear. The question is not "When are they going to arrest that perverted husband of yours" but it is "How many years in prison will he do?". The Sheriffs Dept will swarm your house one day and embarrass the shit out of you, your kids, and neighbors. Your going to hear a knock, the words "search warrant," a bang , and then they are going to destroy your door and windows. Then you can run to your home town with no money and all your kids waiving bye bye to Irwindale. I predict that OT won't be a happy thanksgiving or Christmas this year. You can still add money to his books.
Car Barker

Chowchilla, CA

#18 Aug 26, 2013
Please get a life wrote:
If you'd like a copy of the scores I can direct you to where to obtain them. Both scored at a very high percentage. As for the other positions you referred to, they were not Sworn Police positions which are hired through a complete different process dictated by the State not the local City. Like I said, please educate yourself! Fraijo was never a Breceda ass kisser which is why his ordeal was never swept under the rugged so many others.
I wouldn't be to focused on his test scores people. He was dumb enough to get caught on camera raping an innocent female.....so they say. Sounds like this VICTIM did some homework and realized that this is not his first round of sexually abusing someone. I do believe that he had been disciplined in the past for similar misconduct that was kept hush, hush and swept under the rug. Maybe that's why he was not fired then by Ex Irwindale City Manager / Chief of Police Sol Benudiz. But wait! I do believe he was promoted to Sergeant shortly after and given higher authority for his wrongful acts. Good Job Wayne Hiltz for promoting the loser. Looks like those past chiefs might be held liable for turning the other way. Bust out those checkbooks fellas.
Car Barker

Chowchilla, CA

#19 Aug 26, 2013
Please get a life wrote:
Wow! You are more ignorant than I thought. The Fraijo family are not Breceda "supporters" per say and would definitely not be able to be hired specifically by him. In fact, Breceda declined to make a recommendation for hire for either. There is an outside panel who tests and makes the decisions of new hires comprised of many people from several different agencies. Please get your facts straight. This person is no longer an employee because he wouldn't testify in another's favor during another recent lawsuit of wrongdoing against the former administration and refused to be bullied. Please, please educate yourself.
Ha! Someone is lying to you and you fell for it. Hope he has his best shirt pressed and wrinkle free pants ready for that court appearance. Remember to tell Dave not to fall for the fallen soap trick. Yikes
Car Parker

Azusa, CA

#20 Aug 26, 2013
I stand by my belief that the Fraijo boys were hired by Breceda to buy family votes. You say he was hired because he was so dam smart.

Well tell me why he wasn't smart enough to know where cameras are located in the area he patrols.

Get a life

Duarte, CA

#21 Aug 27, 2013
You obviously don't know your Irwindale dynamic as good as you think you do. Your hatred for Breceda has blinded you. The Fraijo brothers are Miranda's. Their mother is a Miranda why don't you get a life and stop trying to stir things up. You obviously don't have anything better to do and this is the only way you can get people to talk to you. Go volunteer somewhere and help the homeless or something.

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