President Biden’s choose to guide Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as soon as settled a case with a former member of his protecting element who claimed that the then-police chief engaged in sexual harassment and then retaliated towards him when it was reported.
Chris Magnus, at present police chief of Tucson, Arizona, and former police chief of Richmond, California, settled the case – which stems from his time as chief in Richmond — in 2017 out of court docket for an undisclosed quantity. He has since described the declare as “bogus” and that he was focused as a result of he’s a homosexual man.
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In the 2015 grievance, which sued Magnus and the City of Richmond, a former member of his protecting element claimed that Magnus “whereas wearing questionable civilian apparel, approached plaintiff whereas strolling his canine, and started touching plaintiff inappropriately on his arm, and started rubbing plaintiff on his higher leg, in an apparent sexual method.”
The officer claimed that he instructed Magnus he was not and reported the conduct to his superior — and in consequence Magnus’ demeanor and angle to him modified. He claimed that Magnus then started denying him extra time, coaching and refused to permit him to serve in plenty of positions.
Ultimately, the grievance says, Magnus leveraged a later home altercation between the cop and his former partner to set off an inside affairs investigation, though the plaintiff was by no means charged with against the law.
The grievance stated the “biased” investigation into the incident solely seemed for proof to help his firing, and accused him of home battery and took possession of plenty of unregistered firearms — though the grievance says different law enforcement officials weren’t disciplined for having unregistered weapons.
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“Then, when Plaintiff denied the fees throughout his interview with the interior affairs investigator, Defendant Magnus accused Plaintiff of ‘mendacity’ to the investigator, and then terminated Plaintiff’s employment for alleged dishonesty,” it states. He was terminated for home battery, defacing property, possessing unregistered weapons and mendacity to an investigator.
The grievance says that Magnus was proposed because the listening to officer though the officer had leveled a declare of sexual harassment towards him.
According to a Courthouse News article on the time, the City of Richmond maintained that the officer was fired after an investigation discovered he made false statements in regards to the home dispute and that he was the first aggressor within the altercation with his ex.
The case was settled out of court docket in 2017. It was one in all plenty of lawsuits geared toward Magnus, with one other accusing him of getting made racist jokes and discriminated towards Black officers.
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Magnus has dismissed the claims towards him as “fully bogus” in an interview this yr with The New York Times — and stated he was focused as a result of he’s a homosexual man.
“There had been nonetheless individuals at the moment who felt I’m a better goal as a result of I’m a homosexual man,” he stated. “That’s not the primary time in my profession I’ve skilled that.”
The White House didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark.