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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:18 pm

A former Coeur d'Alene police officer was awarded more than $3 million on Wednesday in a wrongful termination suit against the city of Coeur d'Alene.

According to the tort claim records in federal court, Daniel Dixon, a 17-year-veteran of the force, was terminated after the department finished a six-month investigation into allegations he tampered with a subordinate officer's work schedule and cheated on his own time card.

City legal representatives said Dixon was demoted after the internal investigation found Dixon had been guilty of the allegations, and that the officer stopped showing up for work after that.

A nearly two week jury trial concluded Wednesday in favor of Dixon.

A full story will be in tomorrow's Press.

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18 comments:

  • nemec1081 posted at 1:20 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    nemec1081 Posts: 61

    must have been doing his job and shining too many lights on corruption.
    Cronies in power can't have that - they hate the light of day.

     
  • nemec1081 posted at 1:19 pm on Sun, Oct 30, 2011.

    nemec1081 Posts: 61

    must have been doing his job and shining too many lights on corruption.
    Cronies in power can't have that - they hate the light of day.

     
  • Cadillac posted at 11:34 pm on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Cadillac Posts: 4

    We need the Merit Commission back to investigate the Sheriff and police officer issues to prevent these huge financial losses to our citizens. The county commissioners abolished it in 2008, courtesy of Rocky Watson and Rick Curry. Make them pay the $3 million!

    http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/boardcommish/forms/20081028_Ordinance%20423-Repeal%20Merit%20Ord_Minutes_Minutes_10-28-08%20Ordinance%20423.pdf

     
  • heatherfeather posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    When the case is appealed, and the lawsuit lotto amount reduced to $85,000, there will maybe be an page 18 story under a Showgirls ad.

     
  • Sheepdog posted at 8:57 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Sheepdog Posts: 10

    I hate when readers assume the worst when they read the press and don't have any of the facts! This officer was a good man and a great cop who was the project of a witch hunt. If I were mayor or a city council member I would be asking for several peoples resignations starting from the top down. These people who spearheaded this little witch hunt just cost the tax payers 3.8 million dollars and a good officer his career.

     
  • 986crazy posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    986crazy Posts: 434

    If CDAPD had a truly independent IA division(they have NONE), their image would be greatly improved in the community. I think the 3.7million would have gone a long way in funding such an entity.

     
  • uncle fester posted at 5:50 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    Anybody seen this in the news prior to the decision?

     
  • straight up posted at 5:49 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    straight up Posts: 967

    Cruddy, Guilty Police Officer - 1
    Distrusted City Government Not Being Believable To A Jury - 0

     
  • Sheepdog posted at 12:17 am on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Sheepdog Posts: 10

    Good for Dixon!!!

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    There are many other problems out there for CDA PD this might be a start.

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 9:56 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    What a disgrace to CDA police and the city legal team. I bet Tony Berns and the LCDC will take care of this. What do you think Mike?

     
  • Rogue Cop posted at 5:56 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    This is exactly why these agencies need to hire out private administrative investigations. They say it's too expensive but 50 of them wouldn't cost $3 million. There's no way an independent, dispassionate investigation can be conducted with agencies of this size. Look at the result.

     
  • dasher posted at 5:19 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    dasher Posts: 205

    We as citizens are losing out because of this. The city is self insured. That means we will have to cover it. We will see important services lost because of this stupid lawsuit. To bad some people are just dishonest and have to sue those with the deepest pockets. Karma's an amazing thing. Nutkin, I don't think it was incompetence. It was a sympathetic jury. NO ONE likes any thing government right now. Dixon won because of that, not because he had a real case.

     
  • dasher posted at 5:18 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    dasher Posts: 205

    We as citizens are losing out because of this. The city is self insured. That means we will have to cover it. We will see important services lost because of this stupid lawsuit. To bad some people are just dishonest and have to sue those with the deepest pockets. Karma's an amazing thing. Nutkin, I don't think it was incompetence. It was a sympathetic jury. NO ONE likes any thing government right now. Dixon won because of that, not because he had a real case.

     
  • adamgraves posted at 5:03 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    adamgraves Posts: 47

    we all loose. if they didn't fire them for what was perceived was a wrong doing and it came to light later, everyone would scream foul for that. unless there's more to this story it sounds like they acted appropriately and our lawyers didn't fair as well...

     
  • squirrel nutkin posted at 3:36 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    squirrel nutkin Posts: 231

    Obviously someone in the chain of command between the City Council and the Cda PD screwedthepooch and it's always the taxpayer that pays for their incompetence. Stuff like this should not happen without the people responsible getting the boot. There needs to be accountability.

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 2:22 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    Three million scuties. Wow. I'm looking forward to reading the article to see how much Mike "$125,000" Gridley, the Cd'A City attorney, Pam"Nepotism" Mac Donald, Human Relations Director and Wendy" Admin overseer" Gabriel , Cd'A City administrator, had to do with the termination and fighting the law suit.This was a civil suit and right up their alley. When will the taxpayers in Cd'A wake up? Larry Moe and Curley.

     
  • 986crazy posted at 1:25 pm on Thu, Oct 27, 2011.

    986crazy Posts: 434

    "City legal representatives said Dixon was demoted after the internal investigation found Dixon had been guilty of the allegations, and that the officer stopped showing up for work after that."

    REALLY? CDAPD has an Internal Affairs Division? I DON'T THINK SO. Was the "internal investigation" cuz his boss said so?

     
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