Retired Spring Valley Police Officer Francis Brooke has filed a lawsuit against Rockland County, Director of the Rockland County Police Academy Steven Heubeck, The Sheriff’s Dept., Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica and a half dozen or so other individuals and entities, many involved in law enforcement activities, claiming he has been the victim of illegal “retaliatory actions” against his speaking up on “matter of public concern regarding issues at the Rockland Police Training Academy.”
Brooke filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and his company FMB Enterprises, LLC.
His action seeks “monetary and equitable relief based upon defendants’ violations of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and various related state law[s].”
Brooke claims that Director Heubeck had altered paperwork pertaining to the training of police personnel at the Academy, including paperwork related to his role as “Basic School” coordinator. Brooke said he’d been employed as an instructor at the Academy since 1990 and in 2016 a $75,000 annual contract was assigned to his company.
He believes his contract was unjustly terminated due to his speaking out regarding incorrect paperwork filed by Heubeck and seeks relief from the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
He is represented in his lawsuit by Glass Krakower LLP.