WOODLAND, Wash.—A police detective in Woodland has filed an intent to sue the city for $2 million because of the conduct of the interim chief of police.
In a tort claim filed Thursday, Detective David Plaza accused Police Chief Brad Gillaspie of sexually harassing young females, invasion of privacy and the use of racial slurs.
The claim says that Gillaspie brought down a criminal investigation against Plaza in retaliation for complaints Plaza filed against Gillaspie before his promotion to police chief.
Plaza, who is of Filipino, Mexican and Italian, was put on administrative leave after the police department accused him of stealing a digital camera. Plaza said he was gifted the camera at an event. The theft accusation was later forwarded onto the state police for investigation.
Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke told the Columbian that the entire issue was an employee disciplinary matter and that he would refer it to the city’s insurance carrier for investigation.