The Unfiring of a Menlo Park Police Officer
Questions linger months after the Almanac broke the story about the arrest, firing and reinstatement of veteran Menlo Park police officer Jeffrey Vasquez: How, exactly, does a police officer keep his job after being caught naked with a prostitute in a Sunnyvale motel room? How does he not only get reinstated after his firing, but awarded $188,000 in back pay, despite reportedly admitting that wasn’t the first time he’d solicited a hooker for sex?
A commentary written by the police union lawyer who represented Officer Vasquez throughout the binding arbitration that led to his reinstatement finally gives the public some possible answers.
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