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WPD Suit

Posted on 6th June 2014 at 16:09

Woodland Police Detective David Plaza is reportedly filing a tort claim against interim Police Chief Brad Gillespie, claiming that Gillespie has engaged in multiple instances of misconduct. The Vancouver Columbian reports on the suit filed by Gillespie, saying that Plaza had presented complaints about Gillespie to Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke prior to Gillespie’s appointment. Attorneys for Plaza claim that instead of investigating the allegations, Laseke gave Gillespie a warning, and then promoted him. Plaza was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this year, amid allegations that he had stolen a digital camera from the department. Plaza says that the camera was a gift that he had received after a training session, and that the suspension was in retaliation for the charges that he had made against Gillespie. Plaza claims that Gillespie has been involved in a pattern of invasions of privacy and sexual harassment involving young females, while also directing racial slurs at Plaza. At this time, the city has had no response to the suit, saying that the case is in the hands of its insurance carrier. Plaza is reportedly seeking at least $2 million in compensation from Woodland, claiming that he has suffered emotional and professional harm.