Gay “Design Star” Cop Suspended for Porno Movie

  The Hollywood Police Department put Michael Verdugo, 34, known as a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star,” on administrative leave with pay Wednesday when authorities discovered he might have played a starring role in a 1996 porn film.” Source: http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=133673

The issue here may be more complicated than  broad allegations of ” Homosteria” and Homphobia” in the Hollywood Police Department as they may or may not have contributed to his suspension.  One factor that my be causing him problems is in the application process to become a police officer.

Police Officer applicants must undergo an extensive background check, including past criminal record, driving record, employment record, drug testing, psychological  and references. An applicant who omits material background information will not be hired, as the applicant must “swear under oath under penalties of perjury “as to the truthfulness of his background. 

As such any police officer who knowingly lies on his application was hired fraudulently and under false pretenses as they were not honest.  We in the Police are frequently bashed by our critics for ” testi- lying ” under oath”.  It is essential to our society that police officers be honest.  Last year I chased two gun toting thugs, they shot a round in my direction, but all I could see was there asses and elbows as they ran from me. As such I could not identify them, this was the truth other factors enabled us to arrest them but I could not identify them.

So here, any officer not just a gay officer could be terminated, as the character trait of “truthfulness” is required of police applicants.  You should know most police agency’s will hire someone who has some blemishes in their record, minor arrests, tickets, and de -minimis character flaws. Police are not perfect just a reflection of society as a whole.

Now, if the Hollywood Police have retained other Officers who failed to disclose information in the applicant process this officer’s future may be decided on whether his failure to disclose his porno movie appearance is a material intentional omission to mislead the agency that hired him.  

How may homophobic bias come into play , if the agency does not want him and will fire him alleging fraud in the application process.  Legally, they can do this , however lets say another applicant in the past  a straight 8 officer also failed to disclose problems in his past. ( ie. lets say a ticket for sex in a car in a lovers lane location.)  If the police department reveiwed the matter and determined his /her overall performance  record was satisfactory, and decided to retain him. Now Officer Verdugo could state ( if he is fired) that the Hollywood Police acted arbitrarily and capricously in his termination as they kept stright officer who lied in the applicatioin process involving moral conduct, but terminated him because his moral conduct was ” deviate sexual gay behavior” .

Reality, Verdugo, is both gay and latino and I gather some reality star, I don’t know if he is a good cop one who works hard to get bad guys, backs up his fellow officers and is responsive to the community we serve. If he is a scammer, and just took this as a ” job” and was a poor police officer they might fire him.  I don’t know this guy  I hope he is a good cop and in my opinion appearing in a paid porno movie should not disqualify you from serving the public.

D.

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3 responses to “Gay “Design Star” Cop Suspended for Porno Movie

  1. “in my opinion appearing in a paid porno movie should not disqualify you from serving the public.”

    I disagree, considering all of the illegal activity that tends to go along with the porn industry. Also, how do people perceive women who are involved in porn? Sluts. Men in porn? Sluts. Not a good representitive of law enforcement.

  2. I dont really get it, an adult making a porn flick is not illegale as far as I know…is this homophobia ? We had fireman making sexy calanders…although not porn, is it appropriate ? and by the way, this took place before he was a police officer….come on ….and what secrets do other straight and gay police officers hold ?

  3. I dont know about all that other stuff, but I worked with Mike for a few years while involved in a multi agency task force. I am a retired police officer from a Dade County agency. I say this with absolutely no hesitation, Michael Verdugo is a great cop and a better person. It would be a travesty against the community her serves if he were terminated for this.

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