Newport Beach Police Sued By Ex-Cops for 'Intolerable' Corruption

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Two well-respected, former police detectives have filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging rampant corruption at the Newport Beach Police Department and City Hall.

Craig Frizzell and Steve Shulman say that police bosses repeatedly rigged promotion tests, gave improper consulting deals to favored retired cops, granted secret access to sensitive police databases to unauthorized individuals outside the department, took free hotel rooms, handed special favors to businessmen who provided free meals and retaliated against honest officers who complained.

City officials have not yet formally replied to the May 5 lawsuit, but previously responded by dismissing the pre-lawsuit allegations by Frizzell and Shulman as meritless.

Despite the attempt to appear calm, police and city officials must be fretting, and not just because both Frizzell and Shulman were outstanding officers for more than 25 years.

The two former cops hired John A. Girardi to represent them. You may remember Girardi as the Los Angeles-based powerhouse attorney who won an impressive $1.2 million judgment against Newport Beach police bosses for discriminating against another highly touted veteran cop: Neil Harvey. Underestimate Girardi, who is highly skilled, at your peril.

A 2009 Orange County jury determined Harvey's career had been sabotaged because police management absurdly speculated that the decorated, heterosexual cop might be gay because he was a perfectionist in his duties and once lived in artsy Laguna Beach.

In their 21-page lawsuit, Frizzell and Shulman say department corruption was "intolerable" and that instead of cleaning up the mess, officials harassed and belittled them for protesting. They also claim that Rob Morton--another honest, accomplished veteran officer--was punished for confronting wrongdoing.

Shulman's detective work was featured on national television after his key role in solving the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who were tied alive to an anchor and thrown off their own yacht in 2004.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

(rscottmoxley at ocweekly dot com)

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David
David

The history of Newport Beach police department corruption is vast and a majority. From top cop to detectives who lie and frame innocent citizens because of payoffs.  That's been the course of law enforcement of Newport Beach PD who are easily bribed and have in many many instances took drug money, protection and prostitution rackets.  The numerous lawyers who navigate the system of so called justice are well aware of law for hire in Newport Beach, California.

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The fact that a police dept might be dishonest? Anyone who thinks otherwise is foolish. I have experienced blatant dishonest cops in Santa Ana and crazy cops in Costa Mesa. I seriously doubt there are ANY ethical honest branches of police in Southern California. I do think there needs to be major house cleaning in our Police departments. I needed to fight my b#%¥hit charges (and won) but it cost me my job and a whole lot of life - in court,..tossed in jail,..thrown into crazy bs games from officers,..threatened with county lock-up for fighting their b#%¥hit. Police ARE bad, dishonest and evil. I have zero respect for law enforcement.

Demoman
Demoman

seems like they knew all of this while they were still in the department. Seems they turned the other cheek until retirement and thought they could get more money. They should be charged for not bringing it up in the first place. 

junior
junior

Why is anyone surprised?  This is SOP for any government agency.

police bosses repeatedly rigged promotion tests, gave improper consulting deals to favored retired cops, granted secret access to sensitive police databases to unauthorized individuals outside the department, took free hotel rooms, gave special favors to businessmen who provided free meals and retaliated against honest officers who complained.

Danstemar
Danstemar

Maybe NBPD got the idea from Felon-Convict-Prisoner-Criminal-Gangster Mike Carona. Corruption from the top down is worse than from the bottom up. 

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Lender-Reviews.com

Please provide a link to a copy of the suit.  Why report on this without full disclosure of the suit? 

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

Sounds to me like upper management over at NBPD needs to be cleaned out, and Frizzell and Shulman put in the top two spots.

Willieisaacs
Willieisaacs

 YEH, SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT THAT NEWPORT POLICE CHIEF IN JAIL. HES TO WORRIED ABOUT LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO HAVE PARTYS AT THEIR HOUSES. I SAY F-THE LIBERALS. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT ,THEN MOVE. BUNCH OIF RICH PUSSYS IN NEWPORT. MAYBE WE COULD HAVE THE NAVY SEAL TEAM EXTERMINATE NEWPORT AND THE POICE DEPT. ???ANY COMMENTS???

NoNamesPlease
NoNamesPlease

 Did you read the article?

In their 21-page lawsuit, Frizzell and Shulman say department corruption was "intolerable" and that instead of cleaning up the mess, officials harassed and belittled them for protesting. They also claim that Rob Morton, another accomplished veteran officer, was punished for confronting wrongdoing.

Kylenice
Kylenice

 Bo Kelleher is a sexual preditor. He exposed himself to minors.

Concerned
Concerned

 What is the youngest person Beth's drug dealer has dealt to??

Ronnie
Ronnie

Bwahaha...you do realize that Newport is practically overrun with Republicans, right? They're like cockroaches....even a nuclear blast couldn't take them out. 

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