The investigation into sexual harassment and assault allegations against Independence Chief of Police Brad Halsey, which began after a civil suit was filed against the chief, continues more than three months after it started.
Halsey, a longtime department veteran who was promoted to chief in 2016, was accused by a former crime analyst with the Police Department. In the suit filed May 9, the woman alleges she “was subjected to repeated instances of sexually charged and assaultive behavior.” Several of the alleged incidents, the last of which she said happened in 2013, involved Halsey, and the woman said she resigned as a result of the last incident.
Soon after the suit was filed, the city of Independence announced it had hired an outside agency to conduct an investigation “due to the serious nature of the allegations” but that the findings would not be made public. The city – initially named in the suit but later dismissed from it – says it has paid $8,940 thus far for the outside investigation and $12,401.75 in defense attorney fees to the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund. The city's deductible is $25,000.
Halsey has continued to serve as chief since the suit was filed.
In the suit, the woman is asking for a jury trial, a judgment of $500,000 and punitive damages. A case-management conference is scheduled for Tuesday.