Costa Mesa has hired an outside investigator to look into claims by City Councilman Eric Bever and a resident that police tried to intimidate them while they posted campaign signs for City Council candidate Jim Righeimer.
"While I certainly feel that the Professional Standards Unit within the police department would have provided a fair and objective review and investigation of the allegations, we recognize the need for independence of this investigation so all the parties involved, including members of the Costa Mesa Police Department and the citizens of Costa Mesa, have complete confidence in an impartial investigation," Police Chief Christopher Shawkey said in a prepared statement.
The inquiry stems from an incident on Thursday afternoon. Bever and longtime Costa Mesa resident Chris Eric were hanging up Righeimer campaign signs along a chain-link fence at the corner of Superior Avenue and 17th Street. The property is vacant and the fence is private property.