SFPD to pay $725,000 to settle wrongful termination lawsuit

Apr 25, 2015 1:33 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have agreed to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former police department lawyer.

Kelly O'Haire sued the city and police department in 2013, alleging she was fired because she accused Chief Greg Suhr of mishandling a domestic violence investigation.

O'Haire worked in internal affairs when she recommended that Suhr be fired in 2009. Suhr was a deputy chief in 2009 when a friend called to report that her boyfriend physically abused her. Suhr urged the friend to file a police report but failed to try to arrest the boyfriend, which violated a department policy.

Suhr was demoted to captain.

Suhr fired O'Haire shortly after he was promoted to chief in 2011. Suhr said her dismissal was part of a cost-cutting effort.

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