A former Long Beach Police officer and the city settled the lawman’s lawsuit that alleged he was fired for his role in forming the Latino Officers Association within the department in May 2010.
A lawyer for plaintiff Daniel Ochoa filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana on May 8 stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged.
Ochoa brought the case in March 2012, 10 months after he was fired from the LBPD. He claimed board members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association did not want to see a rival organization established and that they and LBPD management referred to the upstart group as a “Mexican Mafia.”
The city maintained Ochoa was fired for violations of departmental policies and regulations both on and off duty, including a delayed response to a citizen’s call for assistance, engaging in disruptive conduct and drunken driving.
—City News Service
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