Another Burbank police officer has been placed on administrative leave following a series of “serious” allegations that could lead to criminal charges, Police Chief Scott LaChasse said Friday.
Officials declined to identify the employee placed on leave Wednesday, citing personnel privacy laws, but the move comes little more than a week after the president of the police union was fired.
It’s the third officer in recent months to be placed on paid leave. One of them, former Burbank Police Officers’ Assn. President Mark Armendariz, was fired late last month for reasons city officials have declined to divulge.
The three cases are unrelated, according to LaChasse.
In the first two cases, the officers were placed on leave after an internal affairs investigation, LaChasse said. But the most recent case is different because the investigation is ongoing, LaChasse said.
“Because of the seriousness of the allegations and the number of allegations, it warranted that the individual be placed on administrative leave now,” he said.