They make excuses fit for babies and wonder why police credibility and distrust are sinking to all time lows? LOL!
McFarland CA mayor claims problematic cops deserve 2nd chances in an interview about 4 cops hired despite their bad records, including one who has had more than a couple second chances already.
Investigation: McFarland police make controversial hires.
McFARLAND, Calif.(KBAK/KBFX)— One McFarland police officer was involved in a drunk-driving accident and totaled a patrol car in his previous job. He was fired. Another was arrested for filing a false insurance claim while also serving as a peace officer. He, too, was fired.
Yet another was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and wound up resigning from his previous job. And a fourth officer was part of an FBI investigation in a child porn case who also wound up being fired for lying to the FBI and to internal affairs investigators.
Three of the those officers are currently working for the McFarland Police Department, while the fourth was terminated last year. And three of the officers all worked at one time for the Banning Police Department in Riverside County.
The officers in question include acting McFarland Police Chief Greg Herrington, who worked as a police officer in Banning from 2004 to 2009 before being hired by McFarland later that year. But, Herrington and some fellow officers wound up being fired.
"Those officers were terminated for egregious conduct," said Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis.
Herrington appealed his termination, but an arbitrator ruled there was sufficient cause to uphold his dismissal. Herrington has threatened to sue, citing racial discrimination, but no suit has yet been filed.
And before working for Banning police, Herrington was also fired from the Glynn County (Georgia) Police Department in 1996. Internal documents obtained by Eyewitness News from Glynn County police state Herrington totaled a patrol car while driving drunk. Documents state he had a blood-alcohol content of .14, nearly twice the legal limit.
The documents also say Herrington lied to investigators about the accident, claiming he had fallen asleep in the early morning crash when he was off duty. Herrington refused to comment to Eyewitness News about his experience in Banning and in Glynn County.
Another former Banning police officer, Mike Weber is now a sergeant with McFarland police. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Weber was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse in 2008 and was the subject of an internal police investigation. No charges were filed for lack of evidence. Eyewitness News tried to get access to the arrest records, but for some unknown reason, all records relating to that incident were ordered sealed by a judge. Weber resigned from Banning. He did not return calls asking for a comment.
Travis Jones is another former Banning police officer who also ended up being fired and hired by McFarland. Jones was arrested in September 2008 and later plead guilty to a felony charge.
"He was involved in an insurance fraud case where a vehicle was taken south of the border and left there," said Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis.
After leaving the vehicle in Mexico, Jones then reported it stolen to his insurance carrier in order to collect on it. Jones pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 36 months probation in San Bernardino Superior Court. Jones worked in McFarland for three months and was terminated in 2010.