On Saturday, a former Bakersfield Police officer took to Facebook alleging corruption throughout BPD. According to BPD, Chris Messick, who was hired in 2009 was let go from the department last week.
Throughout the Facebook video, Messick makes allegations against two captains. He alleges in the video that "criminal acts" have been covered up. Messick said that he has evidence of the two captains violating the "Peace Officer Bill of Rights."
Messick claims that after reporting grievances towards certain officials, he was placed on administrative leave for 8 months.
BPD Police Chief Lyle D. Martin released a statement regarding the Facebook post.
As the Chief of your Bakersfield Police Department, I am committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for the men and women who serve this community every day.
This afternoon, I became aware through the media of serious allegations of misconduct by members of the Bakersfield Police Department. These allegations were made by former Bakersfield Police Department Officer Chris Messick.
I immediately ordered the investigation of all of Mr. Messick’s allegations. Some of these issues are administrative and will be investigated by Internal Affairs, while others are criminal in nature and will be investigated by both criminal investigators and Internal Affairs. In all cases involving allegations of a criminal act, I will forward the results of our investigation to the Kern County District Attorney for review.
I stand with the men and women of the Bakersfield Police Department, who are committed to a culture of accountability and professionalism. All officers are expected and required to immediately report any misconduct to their supervisors or to Internal Affairs. I urge any member of the public who has knowledge of wrongdoing by any member of this agency to contact our Internal Affairs detail, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice, and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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