Baerga was also the department's liaison to the LGBTQ community. Baerga apparently went out on EAP due to the stress from her incident.
An interim LGBTQ liaison, Officer Jessica Stroud, was put in place to take over building relationships between the LGBTQ community and HPD.
Sadly the person who is supposed to be on the forefront of combating discrimination and building a sense of acceptance is now caught in the middle of an HPD Internal Affairs investigation questioning her own alleged discriminatory behavior.
HPD Officer Jessica Stroud is accused of publicly calling a new Probationary Police Officer (PPO) a "Retard" in front of his co-workers.
It is sad because Stroud as the LGBTQ liaison should understand the hurt and the harm that words can due and she seems to be incapable of treating all people with respect. It really makes me wonder how someone that could use the term retard, for whatever reason, to address a co-worker what kind of language she would use on the streets in dealing with residents?
I don't think you can demand respect for yourself and then not be afraid to engage in hateful, hurtful speech of your own
Civility and courtesy need to be extended to all people and not just specific groups you align yourself with. I think that is an example that needs to be shown to all new officers by the senior officers training them and Officer Stroud failed miserably in that aspect.
Stroud Complaint on ScribdUPDATE : THE DOCUMENTS BELOW WERE RECEIVED PURSUANT TO AN FOI REQUEST, AFTER MY ORIGINAL POSTING. THEY SHOW THAT CITY HALL HR PUNTED THIS HOT POTATO BACK TO HPD SO THAT HR WOULDN'T HAVE TO GET INVOLVED FOR WHATEVER REASON