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Former Pleasanton PD officer sues city, alleges wrongful termination after attending 'Stop the Steal' rally

Original post made on Feb 14, 2023

A former Pleasanton police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against city and police officials for allegedly firing him after finding out he attended a 'Stop the Steal' rally in Sacramento on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Posted by Nicki
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:22 am

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Hope he wins.

Posted by Pton Resident
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:24 am

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If these facts are correct, it seems Office McNeff will be getting a massive settlement from the city of Pleasanton.

Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:42 am

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Hoping he wins! People that handled and approved his termination to be fired!

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:46 am

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I hope he wins also. This officer is absolutely being denied his lawful rights to Free Speech, Free Will, Freedom to Rally, be it Protest or Cheer.
His affiliation with the police department should have no bearing on his rights as an American.
It’s absolutely his right to attend ANY lawful gathering, anywhere in the United States.
We are not living in Russia, China, or North Korea. At least, not yet. It’s an affront to Our Civil Liberties to see something such as this being done.

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:47 am

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I hope he wins his lawsuit also.

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Feb 14, 2023 at 9:50 am

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Posted by Patriots
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 14, 2023 at 10:53 am

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He can express his insurrection and domestic terrorism views but not as a member of our police force. Best he is gone. Thank goodness our leadership can stand strong for our democracy against those that associate with stop the steal.

Posted by CWM
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 14, 2023 at 12:47 pm

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Just because you become a police offer you don't give up your constitutional rights. It is a sad day when you can lose a job for what you believe in. I may not agree with some of his thoughts but he has a right to them as long as he doesn't break any laws. If he wasn't attending the event in uniform or representing the police department then he has a right to his beliefs. It seems to be OK for mayors, police chiefs and other officials to participate in BLM and LGBT events, but heaven forbid if you attend an event in support of conservative ideas. Are we going to start firing people that are pro-life? Where does it end??

Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 14, 2023 at 12:51 pm

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Possible jurors commenting above, have sided with the ex officer's case, without knowing the full evidence of the case. With this type of bias, anything is possible in a jury trial, OJ Simpson was found not guilty by the jurors in his trial.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm

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Police attend events in support of conservative ideas all the time. The implication here is that not only the event but also the social media postings from this officer went beyond just "conservative ideas". If they were contrary to the rules and regulations of the police department then his firing was justified. Hopefully, the facts will come out in the trial.

Posted by Carl
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 14, 2023 at 1:45 pm

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I think we agree. I’m saying that as long as he wasn’t representing himself as a PPD officer he has the right to express himself. It is a different story if someone presents themselves as a PPD officer, either in person or in social media posts. It’ll all come out at some point unless their is a settlement of some kind, which is the most likely outcome.

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2023 at 2:05 pm

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Joe V, potential jurors are quizzed before being accepted to serve on the jury. If they answer honestly, and they are under oath when they are quizzed,they wouldn't qualify.

Posted by Former PTown Resident
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 15, 2023 at 4:49 am

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Cut to the chase; he was fired because he voted for Trump. I hope he sues the snot to of the City. He's a good cop.

Posted by Been here a while
a resident of West of Foothill
on Feb 15, 2023 at 9:25 am

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May I remind all that a Complaint is a document filed by a plaintiff (someone seeking damages), written by the plaintiff's attorneys, and it is nothing more than a summary of their allegations, set out in the most favorable light possible, and only from their perspective. It sets forth not facts, but allegations. It is at most only half of the story, and it's told from the perspective of only one side. Folks should never assume that everything, or even anything, in a Complaint actually is a fact. That's why we have a judicial system, where both sides are allowed to present their version, and then other folks -- hopefully without preconceived notions based on their unawareness of "the rest of the story -- listen carefully and decide which version makes much more sense. You have only heard from one side. Perhaps judgments ought to be withheld when one does not have any idea of what the facts actually are, and the other side has not yet had the opportunity to respond.

Posted by Art Vanderlay
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 16, 2023 at 4:25 pm

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I find this whole story a tragedy. This former officer, Mr McNeff, should enjoy all the freedoms that the constitution offers. How dare his employers and others fire him simply for exercising his right to attend a peaceful process. He should be reinstated and compensated for the trauma his innocent behavior induced.

As a member of this community, I don't think about the political persuasions of the officers who are bravely putting themselves on the front line. All I care about is their duty to uphold the law, serve our community and represent the interests of our society.

It is entirely their OWN BUSINESS if they decide to be swept along by ridiculous conspiracy theories about the election that hold up to no scrutiny whatsoever, or harbor racist thoughts, or write demeaning words about other religions. We should rejoice in our ability to do this in America, whether we are police officers or not.

Reinstate Officer McNeff now!

Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 23, 2023 at 8:51 pm

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Do police swear an oath to the Constitution? If so, good riddance. Just because you don't like the outcome doesn't make it unconstitutional.

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