Former RPD officer files lawsuit against city, mayor and police chief

Posted at: 07/09/2013 3:10 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 5:47 PM

A former Rochester Police officer is suing Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, the city of Rochester and Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard.

Sam Farina claims Mayor Richards “blackballed” him and prevented him from getting another job after he left the police department.

In the lawsuit, Farina says he applied for and was offered a job as deputy director of the 911 center. But after he submitted his resignation letter with the Rochester Police Department, he got a call saying his new job offer was revoked at the request of the mayor.

Farina, a former commander with the police department, says it's because some of his officers were found to have targeted and ticketed cars parked in Corn Hill. Cars belonging to supporters of Emily Good, a community activist, who spoke out against police and racial profiling.

News10NBC asked Mayor Richards about the lawsuit Tuesday.

Mayor Richards said, “We'll deal with it in the appropriate way, I haven't read it so I don't know what he said in there, but once they start the lawsuit I think the place to deal with that is in the process. The plaintiff gets to the pick the process but they don't get to pick the facts so we'll deal with that when we get to it.”

In the suit, Farina wants money for emotional distress, civil conspiracy among a list of others.