Los Angeles Police Captain of the highest rank has sued the city and the non-profit gun store that runs out of the academy. He claimed he was unfairly treated. “swept up”Their collective negligence and malfeasance led to an embarrassing scandal involving gun theft.
Capt. Jonathan Tom, commanding officer of the LAPD’s West L.A. division, claimed in a lawsuit filed jointly with his wife, Yoomi, in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday that his personal and professional reputations were tarnished, and his career prospects unfairly dimmed, when investigators ignored evidence that he was a victim in the wider scandal and instead pursued him as a suspect — including by raiding his Long Beach home in February in what his lawsuit called “an outrageous show of force.”
Tom and his wife, who were home at the time with their son, were a retired police officer and claim that the raid and the wider investigation caused them humiliation, distress, and financial losses without justification. They are seeking damages in excess of $5 million.
“This is a terrible ordeal that the family went through with this raid,” said Bradley Gage, the Toms’ attorney. “It really was not justified.”
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