Thursday, August 11, 2011

Embattled Fullerton police chief goes on medical leave - latimes.com

Embattled Fullerton police chief goes on medical leave - latimes.com

Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers has taken medical leave amid calls for his resignation as six of his officers are being investigated for their role in the death of a homeless man.

City Council members Bruce Whitaker and Sharon Quirk-Silva have called for Sellers to resign over what they said was a failure to provide some type of narrative to the public about Thomas' death. They also complained that information had been withheld from them, including a surveillance video that captured some of the struggle.

City Manager Joe Felz informed the council Wednesday that Sellers, whose annual salary and benefits total $228,576, was taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified period of time. Capt. Kevin Hamilton, who heads the department's detective division, will take over command of the department.

City spokeswoman Sylvia Palmer Mudrick said the chief cannot be fired while on medical leave.

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