Four Pomona police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city, the Police Department and Deputy Police Chief Charles Heilman over a media leak that named the officers as targets of a police brutality investigation.
Neither the officers nor the Police Department seem to know who leaked the names of Robert Patterson, Jonathan Crenshaw, Philip Dotson and Michael Ezell. But in the lawsuit the officers allege that "their names were disclosed by a ranking administrative officer or employee of the Pomona Police Department."
A fifth officer, Mondo J. Lanier, also was named in a May 3, 1995, Times report about the investigations, but he is not part of the lawsuit.
The internal investigation stemmed from several accusations by Pomona residents that the officers used excessive force, drank on the job and stole narcotics from a crime scene. All five officers were part of the nine-member Major Crimes Task Force at the time.