December 8th, 2008 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Cops and Courts

Another Cop to Sue the City of Vancouver

Navin Sharma

More trouble ahead potentially for Vancouver's police department.

Earlier this fall, WW reported that the City of Vancouver agreed to pay a record-breaking settlement in the wrongful discrimination case of a former Vancouver police officer, Navin Sharma.

In that case, the city paid Sharma $1.65 million, the largest reported employment settlement for a single plaintiff in Northwest history. The City also rescinded his firing, allowing him to retire in good standing.

Now, one of Sharma's lawyers in that case, Greg Ferguson, is representing a second fired Vancouver officer. And today, Ferguson filed a tort claim (PDF) notice on the City, informing city officials that he intends to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit on behalf of former officer Chris Kershaw.

Ferguson claims that Kershaw was fired earlier this year because he agreed to give a sworn statement in support of Sharma.

Kershaw, who received the department's highest honor—the Medal of Valor—shortly before he was fired, is a Gulf War Veteran who joined VPD in 2003. He was ostensibly fired for mistakes in made in filling out a search warrant. As part of the tort claim, Ferguson included a page from an Internal Affairs investigation of Kershaw's error.

According to the investigator, the judge who signed the search warrant said in a subsequent interview that he "didn't see [Kershaw's mistake] as a major issue...he said he felt it was more of a training issue."
 
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