“Obsessive” and “extremely disturbing” are two of the ways Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Coleman Swart described the behavior of Irsie Henry, a disgraced former LAPD officer who lost ...
- Henry's Dispute with Hamilton Regarding A Fence
- Henry's Harassing, Intimidating and Disturbing Conduct
- Henry's Improper Use of The Police Department's Computers
- Henry's Misleading Statements to Internal Affairs Investigators
- Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights Proceedings
- Henry's Petition in The Superior Court
- The Board Did Not Abuse Its Discretion by terminating Henry
Irsie Henry was fired from his position as a City of Los Angeles police officer for engaging in numerous acts while off duty meant to harass, intimidate and disturb his neighbors, for bringing discredit to the Los Angeles police department, for inappropriately accessing the police department computer for non-duty related activities, and for making misleading statements to police investigators. The superior court denied Henry's petition for a writ of mandate. We affirm.
In about February or March, 2001, Henry purchased a home in Altadena. At first his relationship with his neighbor John Hamilton was cordial. Henry and his wife sent a plant to Hamilton and his wife when Henry first moved next door to Hamilton. Several months later, the relationship deteriorated after Henry and Hamilton had an argument over a fence that was on the border of their respective properties. Henry wanted to remove and replace the fence; Hamilton did not agree to do so. A surveyor hired by Henry determined that part of the fence was on Henry's property. In July 2002, Henry sued Hamilton and asserted claims arising from Hamilton's construction of the fence. The case was settled with an agreement that required Hamilton's insurance company to pay Henry $6,500.
The dispute surrounding the fence escalated into a five-year battle between Henry and Hamilton. The two men engaged in countless acts intended to harass, intimidate and otherwise disturb each other and each other's families. Because Hamilton's conduct is not at issue, we will only provide a summary of Henry's conduct. Beginning in September 2001, Henry began using a blower to blow leaves and other debris into Hamilton's yard. Henry often did this immediately after Hamilton's son finished raking leaves on Hamilton's property. In order to block leaves and other debris from coming into his yard, Hamilton grew grass longer in the area of his property adjacent to Henry's property. Henry, however, mowed or killed the longer grass so that he could continue his harassment. Hamilton, in turn, placed a chicken wire to block Henry. Henry responded by picking up leaves and throwing them over the fence that divided his property from Hamilton's. When Hamilton threw the leaves back, Henry threw th...
Henry admits that he used the police department's computer system to obtain information regarding the Hamiltons and that this use was not in connection with Henry's duties as a police officer. Henry claims he used the computer system when he first moved next door to the Hamiltons in order to obtain their names; he needed their names for the note he and his wife sent to the Hamiltons along with a plant. Prior to using the department's computer system to obtain the Hamiltons' names, Henry was aware that doing do so for personal use was "illegal." (See Pen. Code, § 502.)
Sergeant M. Blackstone and Detective H. Martin of the Los Angeles police department were assigned to investigate Henry's alleged misconduct. When Blackstone and Martin asked Henry whether he caused "P.C. 602" and "P.C. 594" to be painted on his fence, he initially denied being involved and claimed that he only learned about those messages when he saw photographs of them. However, after Blackstone and Martin showed Henry a videotape showing Henry present when his workers were constructing the fence with P.C. 602 and P.C. 594 painted on them, Henry changed his story. He admitted that he was present when the fence went up with writing on it and that maybe "he suggested" to his workers to paint the writing.
The Los Angeles police department board of rights (board) held a lengthy hearing to adjudicate 10 charges against Henry. The hearing produced an administrative record of 23 volumes and over 3,300 pages. Twenty-nine witnesses testified and 62 exhibits were offered into evidence. At the hearing, Henry was again evasive about his role in painting the fence facing Hamilton's property. Henry at first denied knowing how "P.C. 602" got on the fence. Later, he stated that "I might have suggested to the people working with me" to paint it on the fence. Finally, after Henry's attorney asked him why he was "resisting" questions regarding the fence, he admitted that he had directed workers to paint P.C. 602 and P.C. 594. The board found Henry guilty of four counts and not guilty of six counts. Henry was found guilty of the following counts. Count 1: "Between June 1, 2003, and April 10th, 2005, you, while off duty, on numerous occasions inappropriately engaged in behavior meant to harass and int...
In January 2007, Henry filed a petition for a writ of mandate in the superior court against the board and Chief Bratton. Henry filed an amended petition in March 2007, whereby Henry sought, inter alia, a writ of mandate compelling the board and Chief Bratton to reinstate him as a Los Angeles police officer. The court denied the amended petition in October 2008, and then entered judgment against Henry in November 2008. This appeal followed.
Henry does not challenge the board's finding that he was guilty of four offenses. Rather, he contends that the board abused its discretion by imposing the penalty of termination. He further argues that his termination is "void" because the board failed to follow its own rule against receiving any opinion evidence concerning the appropriate penalty for his offenses.1
In Skelly v. State Personnel Bd. (1975) 15 Cal.3d 194 (Skelly), the Supreme Court addressed whether the State Personnel Board and its members abused their discretion by terminating a physician's employment with the Department of Health Care Services. The court described the standard of review in the following way: "Generally speaking, `[i]n a mandamus proceeding to review an administrative order, the determination of the penalty by the administrative body will not be disturbed unless there has been an abuse of its discretion.' [Citations.] Nevertheless, while the administrative body has a broad discretion in respect to the imposition of a penalty or discipline, `it does not have absolute and unlimited power. It is bound to exercise legal discretion, which is, in the circumstances, judicial discretion.' [Citations.] In considering whether such abuse occurred in the context of public employee discipline, we note that the overriding consideration in these cases is the extent to which t...
The judgment is affirmed. Respondents are awarded costs on appeal. We concur. KLEIN, P. J. CROSKEY, J.
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