Lawsuit filed against Tehachapi Police Department

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Tehachapi regarding accusations made by two officers who were employed with the police department.

The allegations brought against the police department by officers Peter Graff and Rick Disney include such offenses as witnessing officers falsifying time sheets, serving alcohol to underage police explorers and even making physical threats against the reporting officers.

The civil suit was filed on Wednesday after the city rejected a claim that was filed back in January.

Officer Rick Disney has since retired from the police department and moved out of state. Officer Peter Graff is currently employed as a K-9 officer but according to his attorney Stephen Wainer, since the claim was filed it has been a difficult work environment for Graff.

"He's had his shift schedule changed so that now he's under the direct supervision of one of the officers he's made the complaints against," says Wainer.

He also says that Graff has been denied upgrades to equipment and pay as well as faced increased scrutiny.

"We're hopeful that now we'll be in the litigation process, the ultimate outcome of this will be that the city of Tehachapi and it's police department will do what they're supposed to be doing which is protecting the public," says Wainer.

Both officers are seeking $1.5 million in restitution.