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Woodland detective set to sue city

first_imgA detective with the Woodland Police Department has filed a tort claim with a slew of misconduct allegations against interim Chief Brad Gillaspie.Detective David Plaza filed the claim Thursday, notifying the city of Woodland about his intention to sue for no less than $2 million. The claim accuses Gillaspie of engaging in a pattern of invasions of privacy and sexual harassment involving young females and using racial slurs aimed at Plaza. Plaza’s Vancouver attorneys, Greg Ferguson and Jack Green, say their client brought complaints about Gillaspie to Mayor Grover Laseke before he became the interim chief. They allege that instead of investigating Gillaspie, Laseke gave him a warning, then a promotion. Earlier this year, Plaza was placed on paid administrative leave on allegations that he stole a digital camera from the department, according to the claim. His attorneys contend Gillaspie made the move in retaliation for Plaza’s complaints. The camera was issued to Plaza at a training session, his attorneys said. Plaza maintains he was punished for not properly notifying the department that he had received the camera.“It’s not as if I forgot to log it in,” Plaza said in a statement. “There is simply no process or procedure for doing that in place at the Woodland P.D.”last_img

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