School Boss Says Police Arrested Him for Pointing Out Their Financial Ties

Matt Reynolds | Courthouse News Service

LOS ANGELES (CN) — It started as a feud between neighbors and erupted into an arrest on a charge of misdemeanor battery, garnering enough press attention to force a Beverly Hills School District president to resign.

Now former school board president Brian Goldberg has added another layer to the intrigue, claiming in Superior Court that Beverly Hills Police arrested him on a fabricated charge of assaulting an 18-year-old woman, because he’d called attention to a former police chief’s financial ties to a private security firm hired to patrol campuses.





The dispute has its roots in a March 9, 2015, incident in which a woman at his apartment building accused him of assault, Goldberg says in a March 9 civil rights complaint against the City of Beverly Hills and its Police Department.

At the time, Goldberg was president of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. He says the woman had previously caused disturbances at their building in the 200 block of Tower Drive and that he had merely bumped into her. But police told the Los Angeles Times that officers had seen injuries, and the woman complained of pain to her head and shoulder.

The woman accused Goldberg of dangerous driving in the building’s parking garage. She followed him into an elevator. Goldberg said he felt he was being held “hostage” when she held the elevator to stop it from moving, so he bumped past her to get out, according to the Times.





The woman, however, claimed Goldberg had shoved her once in the elevator, hurting her head, and pushed her to the ground as he left.  But when officers arrested him, according to his complaint, they “should have known that the complaining parties … had a history of fabricating and asserting bogus claims of domestic-related conduct, and that video footage of plaintiff’s encounter with the purported victim existed corroborating plaintiff’s account while casting serious if not conclusive doubt on the purported victim’s veracity.”

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