Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crystal Henley suing Kansas City police board for sex discrimination

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The claims against KC's police academy instructors are no joke.
  • The claims against KC's police academy instructors are no joke.
The claims against KC's police academy instructors are no joke.
A former Kansas City police cadet is suing the Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Police Commissioners and five of her instructors for sexual discrimination.

Crystal Henley claims she was targeted for discrimination when she enrolled in the police academy in May 2005 and "suffered

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.

Henley

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

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