l. a. — A veteran la police sergeant who become repeatedly disciplined over alleged controversial posts on his own fb and Instagram accounts is suing the LAPD and its desirable commander for violating his constitutional rights. He claims the branch punished him effectively for expressing political viewpoints they didn’t like.
Sgt. Joel Sydanmaa, a 24-yr veteran of the branch who lives in Orange County, claims in his federal lawsuit in U.S. District courtroom that he has “certainly not finished anything else incorrect on the job.”
nevertheless, he says he become reprimanded twice and in brief suspended for “expressing his opinions, as a personal citizen, while off-duty, on his very own social media bills, about concerns of public challenge,” la times reported.
Sydanmaa alleges the punishments — which followed posts he made about Muslims, the appointment of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme court amid sexual assault allegations, and the capturing loss of life of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle in South L.A. — had been doled out fully because his opinions “run counter” to the LAPD’s “favored political stance.”
LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein pointed out the branch could not touch upon ongoing litigation.