March 21, 2001
Josh Goldstein BURBANK VILLAGE -- A Burbank Police officer charged with excessive force for allegedly assaulting a transient will turn himself in to authorities later this week, officials said. Following a two-month investigation by the Burbank Police Department, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on Monday filed two felony counts against Burbank Police Officer Daniel L. Shaw, 39, for using excessive force against Michael Vaughn, 47, a transient.
October 1, 2009
The FBI investigation into the Burbank Police Department is focusing on allegations of excessive force by officers, court documents obtained by The Times show. Federal investigators have told the Burbank officials to turn over reports involving 12 current and former officers, according to a federal grand jury subpoena obtained by The Times. The subpoena specifies information related to "use of force, defensive tactics, Tasers, pepper spray, or the rules and ramifications pertaining to the use of excessive force or a violation of civil/constitutional rights."
October 6, 2009
CITY CENTER — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigation into an alleged assault by a member of the Burbank Police Department will be turned over to county prosecutors by month’s end, authorities said Friday. The county sheriff’s probe was initiated by Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr in April, spokesman Steve Whitmore said. News of the probe comes after court documents revealed that the FBI investigation into the department has zeroed in on allegations of excessive force by officers.
April 15, 2013
A former police officer who filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit against the city last month is dismissing the case for procedural reasons. Separate from the lawsuit filed in March , Elfego Rodriguez in December asked the court to reverse the city's decision to uphold his termination, which was a result of his internal administrative appeal. He will wait until a decision is made on the December request - through which he is seeking attorney fees, back pay and benefits - to move forward with the wrongful termination lawsuit, said his attorney, Solomon Gresen.
April 14, 2001
Kudos to Burbank Police Chief Thomas Hoefel and our Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley insofar as prosecuting Burbank Police Officer Daniel Shaw. As once was the norm, excessive force and falsified reports were allegedly whitewashed by management. Former Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti was also derelict in filing on rogue cops. Fortunately, the chief inclusive of the district attorney's new integrity division conducted a just investigation, not a sham, and those personnel of all police departments throughout the county that lie, falsify reports, embellish, utilize excessive force or disregard probable cause will be dealt with.
June 2, 2001
Lolita Harper CIVIC CENTER -- The alleged beating of a transient by a Burbank police officer has been captured on a jail surveillance camera, but the videotape is not being released as a public record due to the pending criminal case, officials said. Burbank Police Officer Daniel Shaw, 40, of Burbank, is accused of using excessive force against 47-year-old Burbank transient Michael Vaughn on Jan. 19, first while attempting to take him into custody and then later at the Burbank City Jail, police said.
July 14, 2001
Lolita Harper LOS ANGELES -- One-third of the weight that former Burbank police officer Daniel Shaw had been carrying on his shoulders was lifted Wednesday morning when a judge dismissed one of three felony counts against him. Shaw, 40, faced two counts of using excessive force and one count of filing a false police report after allegedly beating a Burbank transient Jan. 19. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael...
April 21, 2001
Lolita Harper CIVIC CENTER -- The Burbank Police Department has been selective in providing information about the alleged use of excessive force by one of their own, a former officer with the LAPD's Rampart Division. Of 267 pages in the case file for Officer Daniel Shaw, 258 pages -- documents that tell the story through the eyes of the victim and witnesses -- have been removed and sealed to the public. Burbank Police Lt. Bill Stehr, the officer assigned to investigate charges against Shaw that include two counts of excessive force and one count of filing a false police report, obtained information from several people who reportedly have knowledge about the alleged beating.
December 9, 2011
It's hard to believe that in this virtuous town we have a problem with the police force (“Judge dismisses lawsuit,” Dec. 7). Is that possible? My first thought when I see a police officer is to ask if help is necessary. Of course they are there to admonish you if your seat belts are not being put to good use and make sure you're not illegally using a cell phone. But there are other issues that we as ordinary people are not aware of, such as the relationships among police officers where race or ethnic background plays a part, or where excessive force against suspects could be a problem.