One of the El Cajon cops involved in Tuesday’s shooting death of an unarmed mentally ill man is renowned for texting photos of his genitals to female colleagues, resulting in a settlement with a fellow cop last year, according to a San Diego news station.
But that did not stop Richard Gonsalves from continuing the harassment against the officer who sued him, prompting her to file a second lawsuit against the officer last month.
While El Cajon police have not released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting – one who fired the fatal shots, the other who only tasered him – multiple sources have told 10 News that Gonsalves is one of them.
And if he turns out to be the cop that killed Alfred Olango, who witnesses say was unarmed and begging not to be shot, the police department is going to have some serious explaining to do considering he should have been fired long ago.
Just months after settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against one of her co-workers, an El Cajon police officer says the “vile” conduct continues.
Officer Tina Greer is suing the city of El Cajon and Officer Richard Gonsalves, claiming she has been subjected to a hostile work environment since returning to the department after her first lawsuit was settled.
The second lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims Greer faces emotional and mental distress on the job while members of the department have retaliated against her. That retaliation includes comments made by male officers, spit on her locker and being forced to work in the same place as Gonsalves, the man who she claimed in her first lawsuit sexually harassed her.
“He should have been fired,” said Greer’s attorney, Dan Gilleon. “I think he should have been prosecuted. There’s no employer out there in their right mind that wouldn’t fire someone that does that.”
The previous lawsuit claimed Gonsalves sent a photograph of his penis to Greer’s cell phone. It also claimed he sent text messages asking Greer and her wife to join him for a threesome. “I’m drunk and I want u! Both of u!” read one of the texts, according to the lawsuit.
Greer and the city settled her previous lawsuit in November. Officer Gonsalves was demoted from sergeant to officer, but Gilleon said that’s not enough. He told Team 10 Gonsalves has followed Greer through the hallways of the police department, making her feel uncomfortable.
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Police claim they had to kill Olango because he was acting “erratic” when he pulled an object out of his pocket, which witnesses say was only a vaping device.