A Latino police officer who last year won a federal racial discrimination suit against the Glendale Police Department was suspended for four days this month after being accused of slapping a teen-ager during an arrest.
However, the officer's attorney denied the charge and called the suspension of Officer Ricardo L. Jauregui "retaliation" for his courtroom victory last fall.
"They are trying to harass him in every way they can think of," said David Alkire, Jauregui's attorney.
The incident involved the February arrest of a Glendale youth on suspicion of car burglary, Alkire said. The teen-ager's mother filed a complaint against Jauregui, but later withdrew it after she found out that her son had lied about the incident, Alkire said.
However, the department pursued the complaint and suspended Jauregui, the attorney said.
Police officials refused to comment on the case. But Glendale City Atty. Frank Manzano said that, despite the mother's repeal of the complaint, Jauregui slapped and used foul language when arresting the teen-ager.