Irvine Police Sued for Alleged Civil-Rights 'Nightmare'

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Two Los Angeles women have filed civil-rights lawsuits alleging that members of the Irvine Police Department unlawfully detained, searched and assaulted them, as well as forced one of them to urinate in her pants to the officers' amusement.

According to lawsuits by Stephanie M. Lofton and Helen Dehann, numerous Irvine police officers created an unnecessary and illegal "nightmare" during a May 28, 2010, late-night incident at the 5 freeway and Sand Canyon Avenue.

The pair separately claim that officers forcefully interrogated them about nonexistent illegal narcotics in their vehicle after they pulled to the side of the road to wait for a second car traveling with them that had gotten lost.

"[Lofton] felt threatened by the cops in that if she did not provide them with the answers they wanted to hear, rather than the truth, she would be arrested," wrote Lofton's attorney, Sabrina Fernandez. "After approximately two hours of harassment and unwarranted interrogation, the cops unlawfully arrested Lofton and transported her to the Irvine Police Department . . . where the cops continued to deny her access to a restroom."

A "urine-soaked" Lofton was eventually moved to the Orange County Jail, according to the lawsuit.

Court records don't show criminal charges--even minor misdemeanors--ever filed against Lofton or Dehaan, and Irvine Police spokeswoman Julia Engen wasn't able to clear up the mystery of what happened that night. Engen said she can't comment on pending litigation.

Reached by telephone, Fernandez refused to comment on the case.

In her complaint, Dehaan claims the cops told her she was not under arrest but still refused to let her leave the scene to use a restroom for more than an hour.

"When Dehann started to leave the scene, one of the officers grabbed her by the arm, told her she was being detained and could not leave," according to Dehaan's lawsuit, which also alleges the cops used "such force as to cause marks and a bruise on her upper torso."

The suit continues, "Much later, a male police officer directed a female police officer to let Dehaan urinate against a chain-link fence. The female officer shone her bright, high-powered flashlight at Dehaan's exposed genital area, illuminating it for her friends and the other cops to observe as she urinated."

Dehaan claims the incident was humiliating and has caused her to become reclusive.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
(rscottmoxley at ocweekly dot com)

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Shortygal4u
Shortygal4u

I had an Irvine Detective forge a police report under my name.  A police report I NEVER gave.   We also caught him lying in trial under oath ! I went to Irvine Police  because harassment victim.   I tried to file a report over a year ago.  They would not allow me to put in my own words and wrote it for me.   A year later, when court trial came, I ordered the report and found it was altered and misstated 'important' facts that I did not say or happen at all.   Additionally, the evidence I dropped off is mysteriously missing.  The Irvine residence harassment actions have escalated to criminal.  Each time she gets away, her tactics get worse and the more she's protect by Irvine PD.  Then, she plays the victim to such an extreme.  I was told by a professional who studies psychopaths, that I'm dealing with a psychopath.  To top it off, the women owns a gun and martial arts expert.   Basically, the detective is protecting a psychopathy. I went back a year later.   Spoke with Detective at Irvine PD.   The harassment esculated and I was told by my 'Safe at Home' Program to report to police.  However, the Detective yelled over me, would not allow me to speak, and declined to review my documents.  So, I left.  The detective is actually protecting a person doing criminal activities.  After detective lied under oath on TRO, that I tried against harasser - I got a list of reports under my name.  I found the 'day' I left and declined to write a police report the Irvine Detective actually wrote a report in my name and looks like stating I said it.   I ordered the report to get a copy and scheduled an appointment to investigate.   I looked Irvine PD complaints and appears Irvine PD, have some pretty series crimes THEY commit.   HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD.  I'VE HAD A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH THE 'LADY POLICE OFFICERS' AT IRVINE POLICE DEPT.   THEY SEE THE 'REAL TRUTH' BEHIND WHAT'S GOING ON.  ONE LADY POLICE OFFICER IS HIGHLY INTELLIGENT AND LISTENED TO ME 1.5 YEARS AGO WHEN THE HARASSMENT STARTED.   SHE SAW THE 'TRUTH' AND DID HER RESEARCH.  She even stated, she's not like the others (men) that are ....(she refused to act in a currupt manor)  The ONE detective this is promoting the criminal activities and protecting the party who's done some pretty horrible things - not to only me, but using the services of others to attack me with....He needs to be released to find another job.   Seems, after trying to get help from Irvine Police - the lady officers should be promoted and run the dept.   Might be less complaints against Irvine PD if they promoted the women officers who (to me) want to work in a more honest and ethical manor.   I believe they have to take direction from the men PD.  I only heard from the lady officers directly how currupt the Irvine male police are. 

Jack123
Jack123

irvine, the golden city...

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Ikitty Mailguard1
Ikitty Mailguard1

as a hopeless dreamer i thought the irvine pd would be different.i went there to be fingerprinted for a non-profit company.while waiting in the lobby i felt like i'd never get out.the "typical" macho male cops making snide, humorless remarks while the female cops laughed at everything they said.then there was the rookie that fingerprinted me...it's TRUE - they're all the same.be cool folks...

FedupwithmoronsTwo
FedupwithmoronsTwo

I hope they sue the snot out of Irvine. These clowns need to be terminated since retraining will do no good!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Irvine cops are perhaps the second-most racist in the county after Huntington Beach...

Athirson
Athirson

Nothing new nor surprising; these are nothing if not routine tactics or the jackboots of the IPD.

TheMarijuanaGuy
TheMarijuanaGuy

Typical.  Power drunk.  Girls probably back talked 'em and so the cops had to show how tough they are.   Right, Lt. Patrick?

vmyersmccann
vmyersmccann

@Shortygal4u Years ago, they pulled my husband over, beat him up, then made him sign a document stating he was already injured before they picked him up.

SoCal_Blitz
SoCal_Blitz

How is this racist?  If you are a different race, and you break the law, it's not racism if you get busted.  Your statement shows your true ignorance.  

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

The Irvine PD is the best PD in the country! This story is BS.........Just more free loaders trying for some money!......

Ikitty Mailguard1
Ikitty Mailguard1

at this point, "racist" can mean ANYONE (regardless of color,faith, or sex) who goes against the rules...

JustAGuy
JustAGuy

Racist?  Where was race even mentioned in this article? 

joe
joe

They are a joke i agree, they wait by the new Buffalo wild wings that opened now on Culver, now that they serve alcohol til 2am....i guess the word got out about the spectrum huh IVPD......had to find another hangout.

FedupwithmoronsTwo
FedupwithmoronsTwo

Some idiot always has to put the racist spin on something. If these women were Hispanic, it would not be racism. Hispanics are not a race, they are an ethnic group!

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