In Memoriam of Officer Andrea Danielle Heath

Another case where a cop that whistle blows is punished. May Officer Heath rest in peace.

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The untold story of Andrea Heath (“Officer Heath”), of the Riverside (California) Police Department,  is one of the most saddest and heart wrenching stories of corruption, abuse and harassment that I have ever read.

According to her online obituary, Ms. Andrea Danelle Heath, was born on March 28, 1969, in San Bernardino, California. She was a graduate of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Training Center. On October 8, 2013, Officer Heath committed suicide, after enduring, what was alleged to be, years of harassment and abuse at the hands of her fellow Police Officers and various law enforcement personnel.

A copy of the Civil Complaint can be viewed here.

Below is the report from Kia Farhang, with the Desert Sun News. Kia Farhang is a local reporter for The Desert Sun. He can be reached at (760)778- 4625, kia.Farhang@desertsun.com or on Twitter @KiaFarhang.

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Posted on 01/12/2017, in Good Cops, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “Heath spoke to federal investigators — who were already probing the department — in 2007. She told them she saw many Desert Hot Springs officers “falsely arrest, beat, tase, pepper-spray and otherwise torture” detainees and arrestees, according to court documents.

    After Heath spoke to the FBI, other officers refused to back her up on dangerous calls, referred to her as a “rat” and tampered with her office computer, the lawsuits claim.

    A grand jury later indicted two of Heath’s colleagues for civil rights violations. One pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and served community service. The other, Sgt. Anthony Sclafani, drew a four-year prison sentence in 2012 for using excessive force against suspects. He’s one of 10 people named in the Heath family’s new lawsuit.”

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  2. Dear Xena,

    Where was the FBI in all of this. After she assisted them, and started to be retaliated against, she apparently had nowhere to go for relief. That blue wall that prevails needs to be pierced when it comes to police mistreating suspects and doing real harm.

    When the FBI investigates a police department need to have a way of addressing the aftermath for whistle-blowers.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda,
      I didn’t finish reading all of the complaint, but it sounds as if Heath’s commander or supervisor would not allow her to talk further with the FBI without his approval. By putting her on leave, they said she could not speak further with the FBI under any circumstances. I didn’t get a gist of the rule, but she was evidently obedient so the FBI was not kept up to date on everything that was happening as it happened.

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      • Dear Xena, With this precedent, the FBI needs to have a rule to discreetly follow up because it is a foreseeable problem that cop whistleblowers may be faced with retaliation.

        Thanks for this blog and Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda, Excellent point. In my opinion the FBI should have charged her Supervisor and fellow Officers for Witness Intimidation. They are just as responsible for her death as the Police Department.

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  3. Gronda,
    Right. There should also be a way for whistle blowers to remain anonymous throughout investigations. If there is trial where they need to testify, the feds should provide them with the utmost confidence that they are protected.

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