David Mitchell is a veteran police officer, who joined the ranks of the Chula Vista Police Department at the age of 61. He had been a SWAT officer and once saved a woman’s life. As a ranking officer, he was already well-versed in police procedures and California law. However, he did not manage to work at the Chula Vista PD for a long time - he was fired within his first 10 weeks of training after he reported other officers using racial slurs.
Mitchell claims he was in the midst of training when he heard two of his field training officers make racial slurs on two separate occasions.
On the first occasion, Mitchell heard a supervising officer refer to a city location as “nigger hill.”
On the second occasion, another training officer referred to a community group as trailer trash, reports Photography is Not a Crime.
He filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, but the department retaliated: he was placed on administrative leave while the city hired an outside law firm to investigate his claims.
Two months later, his supervisor told him to come back to the office “and to make sure his police equipment was available to be turned over,” the lawsuit said.
Mitchell’s complaints were unfounded, the city told him, and he was being fired, reports The Washington Post.
Mitchell filed the lawsuit in September of 2015, suing on the grounds of racial discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment and harassment, and this week the case was settled for $175,000.