The Price Of Amore'
IT'S NEWS TO ME...
I didn't know about this situation with Rieckhof back when it supposedly happened. Like all personnel matters, this was kept quiet - appropriately so. The processes in place to handle this kind of a situation seemed to have been followed, but the court reviewing it disagreed and found for Rieckhof. Theoretically, that should be the end of the story.
RIGHEIMER WANTS A SCALP
However, it's not where Righeimer is concerned. No sir, he's not going to let these guys "get away" with anything! Hence, his appearance on the news last night in front of City Hall late in the evening. If memory serves me correctly, Rieckhof was the President of the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association during the election in 2010.
An impatient commenter on this blog posted the following entry, typos and all, on my previous post:
I Don't think we're getting the entire story regarding the cop on duty thing...funny that OC Register writer Terry Sforza was the one to come out with that first...wasnt she the one who couldnt print something critical of Riggy? Now Riggy can get his pudgy face in the news to comment even though the city won't? And isnt this cop the former CMPA President who Riggy/Bever have so much disdain for, the one that towed the billboard behind his truck? So now that he beat them because, yet again, the city cannot follow due processes and according to the judge did not prove any dereliction of duty, his plight gets plastered all over the media...I'm REAL sure there was no call to the register when the city lost (tongue in cheek)...somehow, this looks like payback from Jimbo..
Now I get being upset if the city proved this stuff was ongoing during time he should be working...you don't crap where you eat...
However, from what i've read, it appears the officer met with this girl he was dating during his break and lunch times, which he took all at once, instead of spread throughout his shift. One neighbor indicated once they believed he arrived at 11 and left at 3am...i'm guessing he was off duty by 11, since I dont know of any agency that allows motorcycle officers to work until 3 am.
The officer was still productive, did not shirk any calls or responsibilities and in fact is a highly decorated award winning officer who met his "girlfriend"
during his breaks and after work?
So if an officer lives in the city, and decides to go home to see wife and kids for dinner for his hour break, is that any different?
Plain and simple, the city did not prove its case and it sounds like in the process they violated his peace officers rights.
Sounds like payback and mudslinging to me...
I suspect I might hear back from him on this post, too.
What do you think? Should a police officer be precluded from having a relationship and using his meal time to occasionally consummate it? Now that the courts have found in his favor, should our local politicians be out posturing for the cameras simply because Rieckhof opposed his candidacy? Who looks worse in this situation?