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Sunday, November 15, 2009

[UT] Fired Trooper Fieeiki says other (white) troopers weren't fired for domestic violence

..."Eleven  of the officers were charged with domestic offense and/or assault infractions but were either suspended or giving a letter of reprimand; Mr. Fieeiki was terminated for his actions"...

I hope this lawsuit drives facts from under the rug out into the light..It's hard to take - this defense of "OTHER officers can commit domestic violence- so why can't I?" logic. But I'm also interested to see if a little of how Utah works regarding officer-involved domestic violence policy - or non-policy - will be revealed.


UTAH COP BLAMES FIRING ON RACISM
Courthouse News Service
By SUZANNE ASHE
November 13, 2009
[Excerpts] A Utah Department of Public Safety says he was fired unfairly after a single incident of domestic violence because he's Polynesian... Stanley B. Fieeiki claims he had no run-ins with the law aside from the single domestic violence arrest in 2003, for which he and his wife received counseling. "Between 1998 and 2005, fifteen (15) Department employees were charged with similar criminal action... "Eleven (11) of the officers were charged with domestic offense and/or assault infractions but were either suspended or giving a letter of reprimand; Mr. Fieeiki was terminated for his actions." Fieeiki wants lost wages and punitive damages for wrongful firing and civil rights violation. He is represented by Leslie Schaar with Hoole & King. [Full article here]

EX-UHP TROOPER FILES LAWSUIT OVER FIRING
Deseret News
Emiley Morgan
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009
[Excerpts] ...[Former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Stanley] Fieeiki alleges that of 11 officers charged with domestic violence crimes, all were either suspended or issued letters of reprimand. Fieeiki had worked for UHP for almost five years when he was charged with domestic violence and domestic violence in the presence of a child after he struck his wife, the lawsuit states. It said he hit her out of self-defense as she attacked him in his sleep, but also said they reconciled. Fieeiki was eventually convicted of simple assault, a class B misdemeanor. The complaint contrasts the incident with those of two other "non-Polynesian officers" who were involved in seemingly more severe or repeat offenses... "In my understanding he was terminated due to the domestic violence that occurred, and it had nothing to do with race, color or religion," [Public safety spokesman Jeff] Nigbur said. [Full article here]
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