Multimillion-dollar claim filed against City over alleged police misconduct

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A $5.5 million claim filed against the city of San Diego over a veteran police officer's alleged misconduct was under review Wednesday.

The document, a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed last week by a woman who says she was unjustly arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in December in downtown San Diego by an 18-year SDPD veteran who offered to let her go in exchange for sexual favors, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The officer, Anthony Arevalos, was fired last month after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts stemming from five victims on five separate dates. The woman who filed the claim did not appear to be among the five alleged victims in the criminal case, the Union-Tribune reported.

She contends that the city and its employees failed to provide proper training to its police officer and discriminated against her because she is black, according to the newspaper, which withheld the woman's name due to the nature of her claim.

Arevalos is one of 10 SDPD officers accused of misconduct in recent months, ranging from allegations of off-duty drunken driving to rape while on-duty. The spate of alleged officer misconduct cases has led to Police Chief William Lansdowne issuing a public apology and vowing to revamp his department's personnel procedures.

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