Tom Chronister filed a claim last month saying the police department intentionally and maliciously violated his rights and harmed his reputation because of its disciplinary actions, according to the Ventura County Star ( http://bit.ly/169Us93).
Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday that Chronister's claims were without merit and a department investigation before his retirement uncovered violations of several department policies.
"Policies dealing with relationship issues are enforced equally across the board," Williams told the newspaper.
The 28-year department veteran is seeking unspecified damages from the department, Williams, and Interim City Manager Karen Burnham.
Chronister married Kelly Soo Park last November, years after the 2008 slaying and Park's arrest. She has pleaded not guilty to killing 21-year-old Juliana Redding, an aspiring young model and actress who was slain in her Santa Monica apartment while calling 911 for help.
Grand jury transcripts say DNA matching Park, a close associate of Redding's former boyfriend, was found on Redding's skin, clothes and cellphone, and her fingerprints and DNA were found around the apartment.
Investigators testified that Redding's body was covered with cuts and bruises.
Park apparently started dating Chronister about eight months before his retirement. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May.
Chronister's claim says he's been denied attendance to police and union events and not allowed a concealed weapon card. Chronister said his retirement badge and ID card were also seized.
Williams declined to specify the disciplinary actions against Chronister.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com