Workplace violence allegations against police official

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The assistant chief of police in Bakersfield, California has been placed on administrative leave as the department investigates allegations of workplace violence by him, according to a news report.

An anonymous department employee filed a complaint Tuesday against Assistant Chief Joe Mullins, KBAK-TV reported.

Both a criminal and administrative investigation will be made into the allegations, according to Chief of Police Greg Terry.

“The criminal investigation will be conducted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the administrative investigation that will follow the criminal will be done by an external entity outside of Kern County,” said Terry.

Mullins is the second assistant chief in Bakersfield to be placed on administrative leave in less than a year, the news station reported.

In September of 2019 Assistant Police Chief Evan Demestihas was placed on leave after allegations of domestic violence surfaced.

The Bakersfield Police Department submitted his case to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, which recommended one count of domestic abuse.