The Bakersfield Police Department has launched an investigation in response to 17 News reports on misconduct accusations — coming from inside the department.
We first brought you Chris Messick’s story Sunday night. Since then, it’s been viewed thousands of times online.
BPD Chief Lyle Martin announced an investigation Monday after we provided a list of allegations against the department. In a statement, Martin announced his support for the department and encouraged anyone who knows of possible wrongdoing to report it. But Martin declined an on camera interview about the allegations.
Meanwhile, Messick continues to publicly voice his claims against the department through social media posts.
In an interview with 17 News Messick said, “These people are taking kickdowns, they’re taking bribes, they’re taking cars from people that they’re trying to cover up solicitation of prostitution. That’s what’s going on and I think it’s time the citizens know that.”
We spoke with Messick the day he says he was suspended without pay. He said the BPD is retaliating against him for reporting wrongdoing. Now the department said he’s been terminated, but Messick said he plans to appeal.
Martin said the results of criminal investigations will be submitted to the Kern County District Attorney for review. Messick has called for the California Department of Justice to step in.
His family created a GoFundMe page.