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Litigious Long Beach Cop Appearing on Fox News

James McCormack will be a guest on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday after speaking on the Mike Huckabee radio program earlier this week.


James McCormack, one of six Long Beach police officers who have filed a $39 million federal lawsuit against the City of Long Beach, is taking his case to the national media, including a scheduled stop on Fox News Channel Thursday night.

A retired 33-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, McCormack and his attorney, Eric Rothstein, appeared on the Mike Huckabee Report, a nationally syndicated show on Fox News Radio hosted by the former Republican governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008. Sean Hannity, the conservative talk show host, will interview the former Long Beach lieutenant on his show on Fox News Channel, starting at 9 p.m., Fox spokesperson Stephanie Kelly told Patch.

Huckabee asked questions about the lawsuit, filed on May 23 with the U.S. District Court, which alleges that newly-appointed Police Commissioner Michael Tangney, City Manager Jack Schnirman, City Council members, Long Beach Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and former PBA President Stefan Chernaski violated their civil rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

McCormack, who headed the traffic division when Tangney was appointed acting police commissioner in January, told Huckabee that, as part of his duties he was a liaison to local politician and was able to get Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, R-Long Beach, to assist the department in purchasing equipment. When Ford, a Republican, ran for re-election last year, Tangney’s wife, Darlene, a Democrat, challenged her seat but lost in the November election.

“Mike Tangney took exception to the fact that I had worked hand in hand with his wife’s opponent, and she lost,” McCormack told Huckabee on his show earlier this week. “And he immediately went on a tirade and assigned me to the midnight shift.”

McCormack said Tangney proceeded to demote other officers who did not share his politics and brought departmental charges against four other officers who were not aligned with him politically.

The lawsuit alleges Tangney and the Democrat administration that took majority control in January “demoted, re-assigned, changed shifts and filed baseless, malicious, inappropriate and/or untimely departmental charges against the plaintiffs as political retribution for their support of Republican and Long Beach Coalition candidates during the 2011 election campaign.”

In addition to McCormack, the other plaintiffs, who are all active officers, include James Canner, Karl Heyes, Jose Miguez, John Radin and Benjamin Tyne. The suit states that McCormack retired because of stress due to the demotions and being relegated to the midnight shift. All six plaintiffs seek $6.5 million in damages.

Canner, Tayne, Radin and Hayes are the only officers who have been served with disciplinary complaints in their department since the new Democrat administration took majority control in January, and that the PBA and Chernaski failed to fairly represent them in that “their requests were ignored or summarily dismissed,” the suit reads.

Eric Rothstein, who appeared on Huckabee’s show with McCormack, said about his six clients: “The only ones who were subjected to this kind of treatment are these individuals. And the ones who have done better under this new commissioner are other people loyal to him and the Democratic Party.”

City and union officials have both denied the charges in the suit and say they will “vigorously and aggressively” defend against them.

LBdrama June 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Lauren you are a joke!!!!! Seriously think if they had two more cops on duty undercover it would change a difference. Do you know anything about the police department. The more visible cars out there (marked police cars) the less crime takes place. you are just upset because probably one of your friends got a stupid promotion to one of the three Inspector positions or got to work days. What they did to Tangney by demoting him first, with the last administration was unacceptable. He was a great guy for the traffic division and all because Tangney didn't follow Sofild or Radin or kiss ass Doesn't mean you take someone out of position that is doing an awesome job, Why don't we ask Jim McCormack how to write a grant, bet he doesn't know. Or ask him Traffic questions, still wouldn't know. The fact is They did it to Tangney and a few other people and they just don;t like it being done to them.
chris June 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM
If the Democrats had kept their campaign promise about no friends and family, Tangney would not be the Police Commissioner and there would be no law suit today.
Fred Barnes June 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
The top police are in or tantalizingly close to being members of the infamous "1%", which makes it perfect for them to be on Fox. (Last year, top 1% earned about $340,000. Our nearly $175,000- $200,000 a year men, plus current full medical, plus uniform allowance, plus 0-contribution retirement pension ($80,000 to over $100,000 year) and medical for life ($12,000-$25,000 year), plus $400,000-$500,000 termination payout surely must be equivalent to way over $300,000 per year worked on a present value basis. Accountants, financial people?
turridro June 09, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Hey Joe... So the Republicans are all morons... Maybe they are.. Working so hard to support to support you.. Also to all who knock Fox... Remember they are kicking the crap out of MSNBC and poor CNN who is Down to about 7 viewers(check the ratings)
Candygram for Mongo June 09, 2012 at 11:13 AM
How are they working so hard to support to support us?
Candygram for Mongo June 09, 2012 at 11:14 AM
In fact, we should double their salaries
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Usually when you hear about the NYPD in the news it has something to do with a crime committed by one of their officers. Things such as raping women at gunpoint, robbing people, etc. Last I heard about NCPD in the news, 3 of their top cops got arrested for not arresting a burglar who's daddy was well to do. Or the other story about one of the cops going over to his girlfriend's house 57 times while working, Oh how funny would it be if the State Troopers took over. After about a year, I would imagine every single LB resident would have received at least one speeding, red light, stop sign, cell phone, school bus ticket. That might actually bring in enough revenue to put the City's finances back in black. But wait Mr Trooper, I'm friends with so and so who works for the city, can't you give me a break? Sure sir, I'll only write you 4 out of the 5 violations I observed. Have a nice day. Great plan....you should bring it up at the next council meeting.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Exactlly what governmental structure has proven to work? Maybe the National one? That one sure seems to be working like a fine oiled machine. The ruin of ALL government is.....politicians. We the people don't run a gosh darned thing. If you don't believe me, then I suggest you write your congressman and see what that does for you.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Bad under Cammarrato....now that's funny. Unfortunately, that's exactly where female city employees would have to end up if they wanted to keep their job or get a promotion....under Cammarrato, which was probably....bad.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Yes, it was soooo much better under the last political hack whose son was a politician. Gotcha, well done.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:44 AM
No doubt the crack Street Crime Unit could have put an end to all the crimes you listed. They would have put to good use that training they got in clairvoyance and put an end to the crimes before they even got started.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Yup 10x worse. It's those damned unions that caused the financial meltdown of 2008 and not the corporations we call banks. But at least he CEOs of those banks were handsomely rewarded for their fine efforts. While certainly not in line with the golden parachutes of these damned union workers, those CEOs walked away with a shekel or two as they made their way to the unemployment line.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Your solutions are a joke. Why would anyone become a LB cop for 65K a year? You'd make more as a NYPD cop and the standards of the NYPD are lower for getting hired. You could have been convicted of a crime and still be hired by the NYPD, that doesn't happen with LBPD. If NCPD takes over it's a guarantee taxes will go up, the City will lose it's charter since it can no longer enforce it's own and state laws.....the county would be doing that. Since it's no longer a city, it will lose a nice chunk of the state money it receives. That's some solution.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Clairvoyance could have prevented TD bank and all other crime.
laxmuddah June 09, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I want to sue coach canner for 39 million for playing his daughter and his favorites too much on his lax team.
Billy Boy June 09, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Happy Daze, You have to get off the Island once in awhile. Bring it up at a city council meeting, I don't have to, the members of the LBPD are doing that for me- not every member, just those who are involved with the BS I am reading about. The next time you "read" a paper, read the whole paper, there are always stories about the NYPD and NCPD who are doing a great job. I know that won't fit your BS story, but don't let the truth stop you at this point.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Only thing Scott Walker has done is look out for himself. He's a career politician since the tender age of 22. Why do people go into politics now a days? TO GET RICH. Just look at our Congress. While theaverage income of the rest of the country has gone down by 20 or so percent, the average income for Congress has gone up by a similar amount.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 01:23 PM
So you chose to live in a crooked little town for 50+ years? How dumb are you? Or maybe you're just full of BS.
Happy Daze June 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Fred just loves pulling numbers out of his.....well you know. Stick to what you know, seethruny. Now go look up the fact that 320+ Long Beach School employees make at least 100K per year. That's 3 times as many cops and firemen. School taxes are the largest portion of the taxes in any town. What about that Fred?
Love This City June 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
New York City Police Commisioner received $205,000 in 2010 for being the commisioner of 40,000 police officers; the largest police force in the world. Long Beach Police Commisoner is earning $200,000 for approximately 70 police officers. After seeing all the news this week, might be the World's most dysfunctional police force.
Love This City June 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Isn't the entire lawsuit about a former local democratic party leader, now police commissioner demoting Republican Police officers? Isn't this a Republican/Democrat "thing" already?
I.D. June 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
mayberry, RFD
Happy Daze June 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
You're the one with the BS story and agenda. You're bunching up the whole LBPD with the 6 who are suing.
Happy Daze June 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
And Ray Kelly has a nice big fat expense account on top of that salary. And the LB Schools Superintendent made more than either Commissioners, 287K in 2010.
Candygram for Mongo June 10, 2012 at 08:49 PM
No, not really. Not as Hannity will compare it to their national platforms when that would be irrelevant in this case
Happy Daze June 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
He was effective because he didn't have to deal with LB residents ;)
True Colors Shining Through June 12, 2012 at 09:38 AM
How dare you besmirch the good reputation of Sheriff Andy Taylor. He was an honest, effective and beloved public servant. No comparison to the bloodsucking, bottom feeding locals.
LMB June 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thats what we pay Nassau County to do
LMB June 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
To all six of you BOO Hoo....you still make 6 figures

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