The San Francisco Police Headquarters and Public Safety Building campus in Mission Bay. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

The San Francisco Police Headquarters and Public Safety Building campus in Mission Bay. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF to settle with police whistleblower over alleged retaliation for $100K

San Francisco is slated to settle with a retired police officer for $100,000 over allegations that former Police Chief Greg Suhr forced her to leave the department in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a colleague.

Patricia Burley, a 22-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, filed the lawsuit in October 2016 alleging Suhr forced her to retire after she told SFPD Internal Affairs and reporters about another officer’s criminal conduct.

As vice president of the SFPD Pride Alliance in January 2014, Burley discovered that the former treasurer of the LGBT police group had embezzled about $15,000, according to the lawsuit.

SEE RELATED: SFPD whistleblower claims Chief Suhr forced her to retire

Burley reported her findings to Internal Affairs and learned in December 2014 that the department allowed Mike Evans, the former treasurer and an SFPD officer, to resign with “satisfactory” service, according to the lawsuit.

Since that meant Evans could be hired as a police officer elsewhere, Evans appeared on KTVU as an anonymous whistleblower in February 2015.

Internal Affairs later launched an investigation into whether Burley reported the embezzlement, the lawsuit claims.

Burley retired from the department just a month after the interview in March 2015 after she found out that Suhr allegedly wanted to fire her, but she could keep her pension and benefits if she retired.

Evans faced felony charges as a result of her discovery and reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor grand theft under a plea deal with prosecutors in July 2016.
Attorneys for Burley could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuit was heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

The City Attorney’s Office denied all of the allegations in the lawsuit, according to court records.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the proposed settlement from the City Attorney’s Office as early as next week.

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