Abuse of authority claims filed against San Luis Obispo
January 7, 2014
The San Luis Obispo City Council will discuss two abuse of authority claims lodged by victims of former rogue police officer Cory Pierce at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
In February, FBI agents arrested Pierce after an undercover investigation revealed Pierce stole drugs from the evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then bribed others to sell the drugs. In December, a judge sentenced Pierce to 18 months in federal prison.
Kip Holland told officials Pierce manipulated him and his girlfriend April Stewart, who both filed claims, into selling or trading drugs for the officer which they did on about 80 occasions.
According to the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles, Pierce also told Holland that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated. Pierce would provide the couple placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for heroin addiction.
After Holland told Pierce the drug dealer he had deceived wanted revenge, Pierce said he would “take care of it,” a federal attorney’s office press release said. The couple eventually took their concerns to law enforcement.
Attorney Stephen Dunkle of Sanger Swysen and Dunkle in Santa Barbara filed the claims for both Holland and Stewart for an unlimited amount of money. If the council denies the claims, Dunckle can then file a lawsuit.