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LAPD > Two former commanders and current detective file whistleblower suit

By John Severance

 Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and a current detective filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Los Alamos County in district court Wednesday, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
The suit was filed by Santa Fe attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who represent Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. The suit contends that the county failed to address a “real and imminent threat caused by a fellow police officer Brian Schamber.
“After bringing the matter of Schamber’s erratic and alarming behavior to the attention of county officials including county administrator Harry Burgess and former police chief Wayne Torpy, plaintiffs Foster and Mills lost their jobs and Plaintiff Early was injured and systematically discriminated against as a result of the county’s failure to address Schamber’s threats to her and retaliated against when she complained about Schamber.”
Schamber, meanwhile, also filed suit against the county and settled for $600,000.
Schamber contended in his suit that then-commanders Mills and Foster allegedly harassed him and tried to sabotage his law enforcement career in an attempt to eliminate him as a possible candidate to replace Torpy.

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