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 The City also rescinded his firing, allowing him to retire in good standing.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."