humiliation, loss, physical injury, medical complications and demeaning
and intimidating conduct." Henley's lawsuit alleges that instructors stared at her breasts, physically assaulted her and one male officer stormed into the women's locker room while Henley and another female officer were naked.
Among those named in the lawsuit are the Board of Police Commissioners, Sgt. Bill Brown, and officers Michael Throckmorton, Dwight Parker, "John Connor" and "John Doe." If her claims are true, Kansas City's police academy has some serious a-holes teaching the city's future cops.
claims in late May/early June 2005 that Throckmorton made her do a
"tactical recovery for 35-40 minutes on one side," which ended with a
severely torn quad muscle. She argues no other trainee was made to do
the drill in the same way.
In June 2005, officer Parker allegedly lectured the female cadets about the
size of their breasts, telling Henley that her button-down dress shirt
would pucker and her bra was exposed. He's allegedly added that puckering would make it hard for
anyone to take her seriously as a cop and her bra would be a distraction.
The lawsuit claims that in late June 2005 Parker told Henley that he wouldn't allow
her to graduate and "they" were going to see how fast they could get rid
of her. Parker supposedly complimented her on her work but told her
that it was only going to get harder and there was no way she'd
graduate. She claims Parker told her that "she looked like she should be some rich
Johnson County man's wife; rather than a police officer."
In July 2005, Throckmorton supposedly wrote up Henley for not jumping
high enough over a crack int he gym mat. The lawsuit claims that
Throckmorton was "intently watching' Henley's breasts as she jumped.
In August 2005, Sgt. Brown allegedly was at a shooting range to "rant,
rave and intimidate" Henley during the shotgun obstacle course. The
yelling apparently caused Sgt. Conroy to call Brown into his office.
The lawsuit claims Henley was blamed for her partner's miscues, yelled
at for making an extra turn while driving and screamed at for not
jumping over a two-foot square box.
Henley claims she was kicked in the back by Throckmorton for bad posture while doing a push-up drill in mid-July 2005.
In mid-August 2005, Throckmorton allegedly yelled at Henley in front of
the class "for being a lazy quitter" for not being able to hold her
leaning wall squat.
In early September 2005, Throckmorton is accused of telling Henley to
close her eyes and then administering a "brachial hit that dislocated
her shoulder and had to be put back in the socket by a chiropractor
after the class that day." Throckmorton threatened to hit her again when
she no sold the hit.
On October 7, 2005, Sgt. Brown sent Henley home for having a raspy
voice. The next day, Brown wanted proof Henley was sick. She was written
up for staying homesick. Brown allegedly called her a chicken in front
of the class the next day.
On October 17, 2005, Parker allegedly had another officer lock the gun
cabinet early, preventing Henley from following procedure. Then Brown
yelled at Henley for having a loaded weapon and claimed that she "had
gone crazy" in front of another incoming class, which she claims caused
her "embarrassment and humiliation."
In late October 2005, Throckmorton and Jackson allegedly discussed how
much easier doing pushups is for large breasted women. Throckmorton
allegedly wasn't happy with Henley's effort and pulled her by her hair
into a sit-up position because her hands were clasped tight enough
around her head.
Also in late October, Throckmorton allegedly sprayed Henley in the face
with pepper spray. Henley went to the locker room to shower. When she
and another female officer came out of the showers, Brown allegedly
barged in and left the door open. He saw the two women naked and so did
other male officers because the door was left open. The lawsuit says
Brown stared at Henley.
During a choke-hold exercise, Henley was supposed to be attacked by
another officer. But the officer couldn't break her choke hold. After
she released him, the officer, "possibly John Conner," allegedly
assaulted her and had to be restrained by four officers.
Henley claims that she tried to report the harassment to command staff but was ignored. Still, Henley's lawsuit claims that she kept trying to finish the academy. On November 8, 2005,
Parker and Brown put together a memorandum explaining why she should not
graduate. She eventually was forced to leave the academy.
Henley is suing for millions of dollars