Ex-Calif. Cop Gets $450K To Settle Reprisal Suit

May 30, 2012

A former Los Angeles County police officer will receive $450,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed against the Glendale Police Department, alleging he suffered retaliation after raising concerns over giving helicopter rides to civilians.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the settlement led to the dismissal of David Gillispie’s lawsuit last week in Superior Court.

Gillispie, who retired in December after 16 years on the Glendale force, said in his 2009 lawsuit that he was transferred from his pilot’s job to regular patrol after reporting in 2007 that the department’s practice of auctioning helicopter rides at charity events violated Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The city said the transfer was due to Gillispie’s work performance.

City Attorney Michael Garcia said the city chose to settle rather than go to trial.

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