GLENDALE—Four Armenian police officers and one former officer filed a suit against the Glendale Police Department alleging discrimination and harassment, reported the the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case.
The Glendale News Press on Tuesday identified the plaintiffs as officers John Balian and Robert Parseghian; sergeants Vahak Mardikian and Tigran Topadzhikyan; and former Officer Benny Simonzad.
In a statement, Carney Shegarian, of the Santa Monica-based Shegarian and Associates, said the suit alleges systemic and continuous discriminatory, harassing and retaliatory conduct based on ethnicity. The lawsuit alleges that Armenian civilians have been consistently mistreated by this police department responsible for policing Glendale.
“In this day and age, it’s remarkable the Glendale Police Department has allowed itself to systemically discriminate against an ethic group that, in large part, fled their homelands to avoid ethic persecution,” said Shegerian.
City Atty. Scott Howard rebuffed the claims made in the lawsuit, saying, “There are many allegations in the complaint, which are absolutely, utterly false,” reported the Glendale News Press.