Homophobia in Mendocino County, California
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Settlement

The lawsuit Marc Tosca v. County of Mendocino was settled November 6, 2002 in favor of the plaintiff Marc Tosca. Among the conditions of the settlement were the following:

  • The Mendocino County Sheriff's Department shall institute Cultural Diversity training within sixty (60) days of the execution of this Agreement, that includes relationships with disabled persons, gays and lesbians. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Department shall make said training available to all of its peace officers and agrees to pay for and "strongly recommend and encourage" all of its peace officers to take and complete this training as part of their continuing education.
  • The County of Mendocino will see to it that Marc Tosca's road is graded on a one-time, non-continuing basis, said grading to commence and be completed within sixty (60) days of the execution of this agreement.
  • Defendents Smallcomb, DeMarco, Stefani, and Kiely will sign a letter of regret...on the letterhead of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department. [See copy of letter below. Note that named defendants are: Mendocino County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) Lt. Kurt Smallcomb, MCSD Deputy (former) Joseph A. DeMarco, MCSD Deputy (former) Christy Stefani, and MC Chief DA Investigator Timothy Kiely.]

Mendocino County Sheriff's Letter of Regret

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