‘Top shot’ LAPD officer sues chief, department over social media demand
A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer involved in a fatal shooting last year has filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Police Chief Michel Moore and the department. Officer Toni McBride claims that Moore blocked her promotions because she refused to remove from her social media feeds videos of her shooting competitions or training sessions. McBride alleges that Moore told her she had to delete her social media accounts or “he would destroy her career”. In the lawsuit filed in federal court, McBride is seeking over $5m in damages, and has been on medical leave since November 2020 due to “severe physical symptoms caused by and exacerbated by the stress” according to the lawsuit.
McBride’s social media posts garnered attention in 2020 after she shot and killed a 38-year-old man holding a box cutter during the course of her duty. After the shooting, McBride told investigators she felt the man posed a risk to bystanders in the area. The Los Angeles Police Commission found McBride had broken department policy by continuing to shoot the man during the encounter, after her first four shots were deemed justified, but shots five and six were not. McBride’s father is one of nine directors of the powerful Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers in labor and discipline issues, while the LAPD spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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