What’s a person to think?
We know that Sheriff John Turner was a Los Angeles cop with a law degree and is an Obama-like orator. His supporters have written many letters praising his leadership, integrity and honesty, and he has assured us that he is not at fault, not a smidgen, for any of those negative claims against him.
But if he is blameless, how is it that he has alienated most, if not all, elected officials he has worked with?
If he’s a good leader, why so many problems with his deputies; and if he has integrity, why did he drum out of office Bill White and only those deputies who supported White?
Perhaps these questions will be answered.
This letter addresses Turner’s false reporting of Tom Cooper’s work-related injury.
Not only is Turner’s public disclosure of his deputy’s Labor and Industry claim highly improper, but it is false, defamatory and purely political. Turner and his supporters are spreading the false rumor that Cooper is a malingerer, hasn’t worked since September 2012 and thus is not worthy to be our sheriff.
This malicious attack on Cooper’s character should tell you something about Turner’s character.
Tom Cooper is a 25-year veteran deputy with an exemplary record, respected by his peers — being elected president of both the Commissioned Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. He suffered a work-related injury, had surgery on Sept. 20, 2012, therapy and returned to work full time on Dec. 5, 2012, contrary to Turner’s representation.
He suffered an aggravation of his injury and placed on light duties by his doctor; his condition improved to moderate duties, which he performed continuously until April 3, 2013, when he was told to go home as Turner was no longer accepting limited-duty work.
Was it just a coincidence that his firing occurred shortly after he gave notice of his candidacy for sheriff on March 23, 2013?
Turner then immediately hired his L.A. friend John King (contrary to his campaign promise), appointing him captain, reducing Barry Blackman to sergeant and Cooper’s position was filled.
Thus, in effect, Turner fires Cooper and now defames him for not having a job!
Is this the leadership, integrity and honesty we want in a sheriff?