City attorney to question mayor's security detail: Lawsuit claims officers witnessed harassment

SAN DIEGO - San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith will question the police officers in charge of Mayor Bob Filner's security.

A lawsuit filed Monday by former Filner communications director Irene McCormick Jackson claims the men who guard the mayor witnessed sexual harassment.

"McCormack Jackson was in an elevator with ... Filner along with the police officer..." the lawsuit alleges.
"The police officer was fixing his handcuffs," the lawsuit claims. "The mayor put a headlock on (McCormack Jackson) and said, 'You know what I would like to do with those handcuffs?'"

The lawsuit also says Filner stopped the harassment when a member of his security detail walked in on it.

"Mayor Filner only ceased trying to kiss her when the elevator stopped and a staffer got in with them," the lawsuit said.

"There are a lot of people who have seen bits and pieces of what happened and I want to know what they saw," said San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said his office is in the process of scheduling interviews with several city staffers, including the officers involved in Mayor Filner's security.

The mayor has refused to talk about his security detail, referring all questions to San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.

"It's all about protection and the risk level," Chief Lansdowne said in a previous interview talking about the mayor's security detail.

San Diego Police would not comment specifically on what the mayor's security detail is obligated to report.

"We want to figure out what has happened, and what is happening," Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith said he has not seen any evidence of police misconduct. 

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