TORRANCE —Torrance Police Chief Mark Matsuda, the city’s first Asian-American to hold the post, has been suspended from his job until February 13 after members of the police department filed a personnel complaint alleging that Matsuda made hostile comments about gays, women, blacks and Muslims, the Daily Breeze reports.
In an interview with the Daily Breeze, Matsuda, 53, said he would return to his job after the suspension ends.
“Moving forward, as chief of the Torrance Police Department, I am committed to leading by example and demonstrating that strong relationships with the community start from strong relationships internally,” he said.
In the Daily Breeze interview, Matsuda declined to discuss the allegations made against him in the personnel complaint, saying he was “trying to pay respect to the process.”
Under California law known as the Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights, officers’ privacy is protected in police personnel investigations. Specific allegations, findings and discipline involved, if any, are all confidential.