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Former Oakland police Officer Cullen Faeth has filed a lawsuit against the city of Oakland alleging that the police department violated his rights when it decided to fire him for attempting to break into a random family's home, while drunk, and physically attacking them.
Faeth is now demanding to get his job back, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay since he was fired. He's also demanding that the city "purge" its internal affairs file documenting the bizarre incident that led to his firing.
The incident, which occurred on Dec, 7, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. followed an evening of heavy drinking by Faeth and other off-duty police officers at Monaghan's bar, a favorite hangout for Oakland cops in the city's Montclair district. Faeth left the bar heavily intoxicated and somehow ended up at the nearby home of Olga and Nemesio Cortez in the Oakland hills. According to criminal and civil court records, Faeth began banging on the door and yelling and demanding entry.
"Open the #ing door," he allegedly yelled, according to court records. When Nemesio Cortez stepped outside and attempted to tell Faeth to leave, Faeth kicked him in the stomach. He then grabbed Olga Cortez and tackled her to the pavement, according to civil and criminal court records.
Faeth's lawsuit against the city, filed on March 2 in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that the Oakland police and city attorney's office "cherry picked" evidence and concealed and withheld other "exculpatory" material that was relevant to the key charges he faced. As a result, Faeth claims he was denied his rights to appeal his firing.
Faeth is now demanding to get his job back, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay since he was fired.