THE CHARADE OF FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT REFORM UNDER FORMER POLICE CHIEF DAN HUGHES AND THE SILENCE OF OUR FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS…MAYOR BRUCE WHITAKER, MAYOR PRO-TEM DOUG CHAFFEE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS JENNIFER FITZGERALD, GREG SEBOURN AND JESUS SILVA. BY BARRY LEVINSON


THE CHARADE OF FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT REFORM UNDER FORMER POLICE CHIEF DAN HUGHES AND THE SILENCE OF OUR FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS…MAYOR BRUCE WHITAKER, MAYOR PRO-TEM DOUG CHAFFEE AND COUNCIL MEMBERS JENNIFER FITZGERALD, GREG SEBOURN AND JESUS SILVA.  BY BARRY LEVINSON

Barry Levinson

Our streets are the joke of Southern California, we are drowning in millions of dollars in red ink caused by overly generous salary and pension increases, our traffic congestion is quickly reaching big city proportions and our elected representatives are the poster children for corruption and crony capitalism, yet the biggest problem still remains the corruption throughout the ranks of our Fullerton Police Department.  They have the power to use lethal force against the public and the ability to put innocent people in jail.  I have first hand experience with the latter statement. This can definitely impact adversely every citizen in Fullerton.  It does not matter if you are an activist or you are someone who does not know the names of any of our elected officials.   We are all at risk and will continue to be at risk until we clean house at the FPD!

So with this as the backdrop, I spoke at the Fullerton City Council during Public Comments on April 18, 2017.  They give you a “generous” 3 whole minutes to speak.  In reality, with the current group of council members, it would not matter if they gave you three hours or even three days to speak because they ignore everything out of the public’s mouths unless you choose to kiss their you now what!

 

I spoke about two very important subjects.  The first subject was the failure of our “reformed” Fullerton Police Department to take the statements from Joe Imbriano and myself to report the crime of obstruction of justice by recently retired Police Chief, Dan Hughes in regard to his failure to allow his officers to follow normal police procedure to arrest Joe Felz for DUI and for leaving the scene of an accident with damages.  Joe Felz was eventually charged with those two counts, months after the incident by the OCDA Office.   I admonished the entire council for its continued failure to discuss this very important issue.

With my remaining 30 seconds I dropped a bombshell in the laps of our distinguished dais.  I told them that I was informed by Banc of California employees at the Euclid and Rosecrans Avenue branch that it is closing because a developer bought the property to be part of the development of the entire Sunrise Village Shopping Center to become mixed-use high-density high-rise residential units.  The city desperately needs the short-term infusion of money that would be generated by the Park and Recreation Department Park Dwelling fees of $11,700 per residential unit.  If they build 500 units for example that would generate an additional $5,850,000 in revenue.  This would help to cover the extremely generous salary and benefit employee raises approved by the council last year.  More development approvals would be needed to continue paying for these salary and benefit increases approved under Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald in 2016 for subsequent years.   I put the council on notice that I smelled a rat.  Namely that the city in my opinion has been dealing with developers to make this mixed use project a reality in the near future.  Why else would these landlords create vacant properties with the absence of valuable rents if they only had a hope that they could convert the shopping center to a concrete jungle of mixed use high-density housing units.  I told them it was not zoned for that use and that the people of that neighborhood would fight to make sure it never ever came to fruition.  You should have seen the faces of Bruce Whitaker and Jennifer Fitzgerald after I finished with my comments.  They did not look pleased at all.

Of course, there was no response by any council members to these comments and the Interim Police Chief also was silent after he learned that his department would not take a simple police report by two members of the community. Gee silly me, I thought it was their job to take the statement and then go and investigate; not determine that no crime was committed so therefore no police report was necessary to be taken by them in the first place.

The first order of business has to be from the OCDA Office by filing obstruction of justice charges against Dan Hughes.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, the City of Fullerton and the Fullerton Police Department are corrupt and the Fullerton Police Department needs to clean house

  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on April 20, 2017 - 8:30 am

    Joe and I returned for the third time to fill out a police report on Dan Hughes for obstruction of justice charges.

    Again an off-duty Captain, Captain Siko shows up 5 or 10 minutes later after we speak to the police receptionist in the police lobby.

    He now says that after he refused to allow us to file on April 11, 2017,and instructed Sgt Klander on April 13 to not take our report (our second attempt to file a report) that he now instructed Sgt Klander to file a report and that Joe will be getting a letter and a copy of the report either that day or the next day.

    Are you confused yet. We are to believe that after thwarting us not once but twice, now Captain Siko, (the head of the street division) made a 180% turn and now is assisting us voluntarily. I find that hard to believe.

    Here is what probably really happened. On Tuesday night I spoke at the City Council meeting and told all included the Interim Police Chief present at the meeting that we were not allowed to file a criminal police report. I believe probably the Interim Chief called Captain Siko and told him to file that report pronto. After all my comments at the city council meeting now put their denial of our rights to file a criminal police report on the official record. I believe this is what forced Captain Siko pronounced pycho, to finally stop thwarting our efforts. Even when you get the police in Fullerton to do the proper thing, they apparently still find it easier to tell you a story rather than the truth. This is what I believe happened based on pure common sense. For that would be the likely catalyst for the Captain to help us on our third try to get the FPD to do their jobs and take our report. We will now wait for the US mail to deliver that report. We will keep you the readers advised if in fact a copy of that report was sent to Joe Imbriano.

  2. #2 by Old School on April 22, 2017 - 9:19 am

    Great job putting pressure on the FPD brass to take a police report. Now it will be forwarded to the OCDA’s special investigations unit. Sounds like a serious outfit willing to stamp out corruption. They should gather all the records and conducted meaningful interviews.

    One little problem…..the lead investigator of that unit is Craig Brower (ex-Fullerton police officer and mentor to Dan Hughes). He’s the guy who Dan Hughes selected to pin on his Chiefs badge at the Dan Hughes swearing in ceremony.

    And so it continues

    • #3 by Joe Imbriano on April 22, 2017 - 1:08 pm

      Old school-thank you for your continued information. Some of your comments have not been published simply because of the valuable information. Please continue to post as the move to bring charges against Hughes and possibly others is moving forward. Your input is of tremendous importance to the 150,000 residents of a city patrolled and policed by what appears to be some sort of a fraternity party hosted by a cabal of criminals all the way up the command staff.

  3. #4 by Fullerton's Conscience on April 23, 2017 - 1:37 pm

    The corruption in the FPD goes so wide and deep.

    I believe that if the OCDA office does not have the courage and/or the integrity to do their job than it is time for the Feds to look at the FPD as a Criminal Conspiracy under the Federal RICO statute (The Racketeering Influenced and Corruption Organization Act).

    Time is quickly running out on the OCDA Office to do their jobs honestly and effectively!

  4. #5 by Joe Imbriano on April 23, 2017 - 1:59 pm

    obstruction of justice charges against Dan Hughes report #17-22902
    The Fullerton Informer Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM
    To: jsiko@fullertonpd.org, dhinig@fullertonpd.org
    Cc: Barry Levinson ,

    Good afternoon. After several visits to FPD HQ to report a crime, specifically, violation of PC 148 (a)1 by Dan Hughes on the night of the Felz incident, Mr Siko told both Barry and I in the department lobby at our last visit, that a police report documenting the allegations of PC 148(a)1 violation was indeed filed and would be mailed to me. A letter arrived on Friday from the chief that stated no such thing had been done nor did the envelope contain any such report.

    I called FPP HQ today and a cadet informed me that no “criminal” report was filed but rather a “miscellaneous” report was filed. I asked for a copy of this “miscellaneous” report after I confirmed that I was the person who filed it and was told that I need a subpoena to obtain a copy of the report.

    Please respond to me in writing and confirm if this is correct or incorrect.

    Joe Imbriano

  5. #6 by Old School on April 24, 2017 - 10:57 am

    Hughes wrote in his going away letter that he was being retained by the City of Fullerton as a Reserve Police Officer….Is he?
    Has he been placed on leave while his crimes are being investigated? Is he collecting pay as a reserve police officer?
    I don’t know either…..

    Hi all-

    It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that after 33 years of service at the police department, I will be retiring effective November 11th. I have informed the city manager and he will be choosing an external interim chief until a wider search and testing process can be completed. I will become a reserve officer in order to complete a few projects I have committed to. I have accepted a position as the Vice President of Security and Emergency Services at the Disneyland Resort and am excited about this new journey in my life.

    There are no words I could use to adequately express how grateful and honored I am of serving as your police chief for the past five years. We have endured many challenges during this time but I believe those challenges made us better and I truly believe the best days for our department are still to come. The future of our department is exciting because there are such strong managers and supervisors prepared to lead our department. I could not be more impressed with our sworn and professional personnel that are committed to excellence and are loyal to serving our community with the highest level of integrity, character, and compassion.

    You should be very proud of what we have been able to accomplish these past five years. We developed a strategic plan of embracing community policing methods and improving and developing strong trusting relationships within our community. We began utilizing a more academic approach to analyzing crime trends and partnering with our community to decrease crime and increase community relations. We created the Directed Enforcement Team to address quality of life issues and to provide more opportunities for investigative development for our personnel. We created the county’s first full time Homeless Liaison Officer Program and partnered with Coast to Coast, O.C. Mental Health, CSP, and other non-profit organizations to deal with this tragic social problem that local law enforcement has been asked to resolve. We have enhanced our presence and relationship with the schools as we partnered with Team Kids and GRIP to demonstrate a sense of caring for the future generation of our community. We have enhanced our relationship with the community we serve by improving how we communicate with one another. We increased department tours, held open houses, increased citizen academies, created a Chief’s community advisory committee, increased our presence at community events, partnered with O.C. United with the Love Fullerton events, initiated Annual Reports and Employee Recognition Ceremonies, created a social media team, initiated the departments first Legacy Album project which is projected to be completed in the next few months, and helped launch Behind the Badge OC so we could profile the many wonderful programs and people we have at our department and share information with our community that most news organizations are not interested in covering.

    There were also many visible changes made within our department. The Traffic Bureau, Records Bureau, and the CSI offices all received significant renovations. We created the Wall of Honor and Wall of Service to memorialize those that have served honorably before us and to challenge each of us to emulate their actions. We transitioned our patrol cars to Ford Explorers and changed the police logo and added a blue lives matter flag on each vehicle. We memorialized five of our police vehicles by placing the names of the five officers whose deaths are attributed to them being a police officer. We provided every officer a Taser and soon each officer will be equipped with a tourniquet kit and Naloxone (Narcan). We were the first department in Orange County to deploy every officer with a Body Camera. We redesigned our web page, approved a new policy manual, created the Peer Support Program, and purchased a new Prism system to improve training. We also created challenge coins and worked with the Legislature to permanently honor two of our fallen officers by dedicating freeway signs in their name. A strategic staffing study was completed and later approved by city council to increase the number of sworn officers from 143 tom 160 in the coming years.

    I will retire with many fond memories but what I will miss the most is the incredible people I have had the opportunity to work with. Each day I have come to work I have prayed for the protection of our personnel and the transformation of our city. I will continue to do so and will make myself available if I can ever be assistance to you.

    I am excited for the future of our department and thank you for the amazing privilege of serving as your police chief.

    With much appreciation, gratitude and respect-

    Dan

  6. #7 by Fullerton's Conscience on April 24, 2017 - 1:49 pm

    Dan Hughes says that the FPD management staffing is committed to excellence. Excellence in what; deception, lying, not following honest police procedures, or just excellence in having one police standard of justice for everyday citizens and another completely bogus standard for people such as Joe Felz and of course for our former Police Chief Dan Hughes? I forgot Gouchner and Kelly Thomas, etc, etc. The Fullerton Police Department has only two standards, deplorable and criminal!

    One thing is abundantly clear. Captain Siko is indeed following in the corrupt footsteps of our former Police Chief! You must be so, so proud Dan Hughes of your replacement as Captain of the Uniformed Division. Hughes and Siko must go immediately! As far as Disneyland Corporation is concerned, I have one question for you and that is how could you choose this corrupt piece of scum to represent your company. Will you do the right thing when Dan Hughes is finally charged with obstructing justice? And you thought you only had a PR problem with alligators eating a guest in Florida.

  7. #8 by Old School on April 24, 2017 - 9:05 pm

    Former Fullerton Police Chief Says Ex-City Manager’s DUI Stop Handled With “Objectivity”
    By Spencer Custodio

    Former Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes said Monday the investigation of ex-City Manager Joe Felz’ election night car crash was handled in a way that considered “objectivity.”

    “Especially in the city of Fullerton… those type of incidents are going to, what I describe, blow up. No matter what that decision made, regarding the outcome of the case. There will be allegations, conspiracy theories,” Hughes said

    In the early morning of Nov. 9, after attending election night parties, Felz crashed his minivan within a half a mile of his house in a residential neighborhood north of downtown.

    He drove over a curb and into a tree. A witness called police as Felz reportedly tried to drive away. When police arrived, they said they smelled alcohol on Felz but did not give him a breathalyzer test and drove him home, according to a memo from Hughes. In March, the District Attorney’s office charged Felz with driving under the influence.

    Hughes said the Fullerton Police Department conducted an investigation of the crash and “it’s that investigation and my notifying the District Attorneys office and requesting them to investigate that led to him … ultimately being charged”

    Hughes, testifying at an unrelated public nuisance hearing in the City Council chambers, was asked if Felz got favorable treatment.

    “What was special about this was that it involved our city manager. So, in cases that involve a city councilmember, city manager, another city employee … those are cases that generally speaking they would wake a police chief up and let them know about that,” Hughes said, adding that he explained the protocol to Felz.

    Hughes said if the police supervisor thought Felz was over the legal alcohol limit after preliminary sobriety tests, they “were going to push the pause button and we would call the CHP or a neighboring agency to come and handle the investigation.”

    The goal is to provide “some objectivity,“ he said, “especially in the city of Fullerton, where there seems to be such anti-government conspiracy theories from folks that have some emotional issues or some mental issues.”

    When attorneys asked why there was no breathalyzer or urine tests administered to Felz, the hearing officer cut them off and cited irrelevance to the public nuisance case.

    Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC intern. He can be reached at spencercustodio@gmail.com.

  8. #9 by Old School on April 24, 2017 - 9:10 pm

    Hughes said the Fullerton Police Department conducted an investigation of the crash and “it’s that investigation and my notifying the District Attorneys office and requesting them to investigate that led to him … ultimately being charged”

    “Lies”

    You told me you loved me
    So I don’t understand
    Why promises are snapped in two
    And words are made to bend
    (The bigger, the better)
    Some stolen from Japan
    Collected from around the world
    They’ll catch you if they can

    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah

    Do I have to catch you out
    To know what’s on your mind?
    Well, Cleopatra died for Egypt
    What a waste of time

    White ones and red ones
    And some you can’t disguise
    Twisted truth and half the news
    Can’t hide it in your eyes

    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah
    Lies lies lies yeah

    You say you’ll try harder
    But I think it’s just too late
    Well the car is revving in the drive
    And I’m not the sort to wait

    (The bigger, the better)
    Some nicked from old saigon
    Collected from around the world
    Love lies on and an and on and on and on and

    Lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)
    Lies lies lies yeah (they won’t forget you)
    Lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)
    Lies lies lies yeah

    Oh you know I know

    Lies lies lies yeah

  9. #10 by Anonymous on April 24, 2017 - 9:43 pm

    Hughes is feeling the heat. Look as he calls the accusers crazy. Thats all hes got.

  10. #11 by Old School on April 24, 2017 - 10:04 pm

    The Head investigator job for the OCDA would be the perfect job for Dan Hughes….He’s the perfect like-minded “leader” for T-Rack.

    The memo from Rackauckas said he is already looking for Hunter’s replacement. “In the meantime,” he wrote, “the OCDA will continue our important work of promoting public safety and ‘doing justice for the people’.” Department spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden said the office could not comment further because of a state law limiting the release of personnel information about law enforcement officers.

    “In the meantime,” he wrote, “the OCDA will continue our important work of promoting public safety and ‘doing justice for the people’.”

    Department spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden said the office could not comment further because of a state law limiting the release of personnel information about law enforcement officers.

    The April 2015 email accusing Hunter of sending sexually explicit texts was sent to county officials and to Hunter’s wife, also an investigator with the county at that time. The email came from a Beverly Hills attorney who accused Hunter of texting his fiance 93 times over a span of two months in the summer of 2014.

    In one of the texts, Hunter allegedly describes the messages as “nasty,” said the email.

    Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs union, which represents Hunter and other district attorney investigators, said Monday that news of Hunter’s departure has led to “a lot of concern and anxiety” in the office.

    His organization sent out a letter Monday to DA investigators, warning them not to be interviewed without representation.

    “It is our understanding that an investigation is underway that’s being characterized as “information gathering interviews.”’ said the letter, obtained by the Orange County Register.

    The letter doesn’t specify the focus of the investigation.

    • #12 by Joe Imbriano on April 24, 2017 - 11:08 pm

      Thank you and I said before some of your posts including some from tonight are being reserved for release at a later date as well as strategy. Keep the information coming. The hole is getting deeper.

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