John Whitney

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  Jan 31, 2024

What happened to Mat Mustard, the lead Vallejo detective in ‘American Nightmare’?

‘How do I make it so you look like a monster?’ Detective Mat Mustard asks the boyfriend of a kidnapping victim in the Netflix docuseries. Mustard, who was never disciplined for his role in accusing the couple of a hoax, continued to have other controversies....

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  Jan 25, 2024

Attorney for fired Vallejo cop seeks to restrain Vallejo Sun from reporting client’s disciplinary record

Attorney tells Sun to "not do a story" on records publicly posted to the federal court's website....

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  Jan 25, 2024

Vallejo officer fired for Willie McCoy shooting had history of complaints before joining Vallejo police

Ryan McMahon recently completed arbitration proceedings to get his job back in Vallejo and the city is awaiting a final ruling from the arbitrator....

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  Jan 09, 2024

Vallejo settles lawsuit over 2019 police killing of Willie McCoy for $5M

The settlement is one of the largest in the city’s history....

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  Oct 18, 2023

Vallejo officer seen punching woman in video had history of force complaints

Officer Colin Eaton was one of six officers who shot and killed Willie McCoy in 2019....

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  Sep 19, 2023

Former Vallejo officer fired for Willie McCoy shooting sues department, whistleblower

The lawsuit alleges that former Vallejo police Officer Ryan McMahon was forced to leave the Broadmoor Police Department after the Vallejo Sun reported that he was flagged for poor performance in Vallejo....

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  Sep 14, 2023

Former Vallejo police captain who exposed badge bending ritual settles lawsuit for $900K

Former Vallejo police Capt. John Whitney said he hopes the settlement “is the beginning of some of the major changes that I have always advocated for in Vallejo.”...

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  Mar 09, 2023

Former Vallejo police union president lowered promotion standards to make sergeant, whistleblower captain testifies

Vallejo police Sgt. Mat Mustard pushed for a “a very watered down” version of the sergeant’s exam, former Capt. John Whitney testified....

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  Mar 01, 2023

Vallejo police ignored evidence of lieutenant’s timecard fraud, testimony alleges

A former police captain alleged that Lt. Michael Nichelini may have committed time card fraud worth tens of thousands of dollars in the spring and summer of 2018....

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  Feb 28, 2023

Former Vallejo police chief ignored badge bending for years, testimony alleges

Former Capt. John Whitney said the chief knew officers bent their badges after shootings as early as 2014....

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  Feb 14, 2023

Vallejo police ‘leave behind damaged families’

Willie McCoy’s family wants his name to remain synonymous with police violence....

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  Jan 17, 2023

Vallejo officer fired after two fatal shootings had history of subpar police work, records show

Ryan McMahon — who shot and killed Ronell Foster in February 2018 and was one of six officers who shot and killed Willie McCoy a year later — was flagged for poor performance in connection with seven different incidents in 2018 alone....

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