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WDKX.com » Blog » Former RPD Commander Files Suit Against Department and City
Jul 10th 2013 7:30 am
Former RPD Commander Files Suit Against Department and City

A former Rochester police commander filed a lawsuit against the department and the city, claiming he was "blacklisted" for employment and made the scapegoat following the arrest of a local activist.
Sam Farina claims Chief Jim Sheppard demoted him to West Division Commander without just cause, saying the chief allegedly told others the demotion was because Farina was an "outsider."

Farina says it was the start of a series of discrimination keeping him from getting work at the county's 911 center, allegedly at the direction of Mayor Tom Richards.

Farina also claims he was made the scapegoat in the Emily Good investigation. The local activist was arrested videotaping a traffic stop. Following the arrest, RPD officers ticketed her fellow activists for parking violations at a meeting.

Farina says the chief announced at a news conference that he was being replaced due to an internal investigation into the ticketing, but Farina says there was no investigation and he had told the chief weeks earlier he was quitting.

Farina is seeking unspecified monetary damages.