Attorney: Granger failures resulted in Contreras lawsuit

— The attorney for Imelda Contreras makes the claim in a harassment lawsuit against the former police chief that the city had numerous failures that led to this court action.

Seeking damages in “an amount to be proven in court, Contreras filed a suit in federal district court in Yakima on April 9. This is the latest episode in the saga that has been Robert Perales’ time at Granger.

In the suit, Contreras’ attorney, Aaron Rocke of Seattle, claims the harassment by Perales included a threat to kill her.


Robert Perales

According to Rocke, Contreras (Mancinas back then) and Perales began a dating relationship of romantic nature in February of 2006. It lasted until about December of 2014, Rocke said, but he contacted her in April of 2015 to rekindle the relationship. That did not work out.

“He followed her to work and drove by her home to see if she was home and whether other males were present,” Rocke said.

“Perales stalked Imelda,” Rocke added.

On May 1, 2015, Rocke said, Perales went to Contreras’ place of business. He prevented her from leaving by grabbing her arm and, later, blocking her car. He tried forcefully to hug and kiss her, Rocke said, and “he made a veiled threat to kill her.”

The lawsuit included the City of Granger, current Mayor Jose Trevino and several former mayors as defendants. He said proper action regarding Perales would have prevented what’s happening now.

“Robert Perales had a history of police involvement regarding allegations of domestic violence prior to his being hired as a police by Granger,” Rocke said.

These claims against Perales made it to court once before, in May of 2015. He ended up admitting last year that he had lied in the Yakima County District Court appearance.

That conviction led the state of Washington to revoke Perales’s law enforcement credentials, ending his police career.

Among Rocke’s claims:

  1. Granger and mayor failed to implement financial control over the flow of public funds to Perales, creating a culture of feeling above the law.

  2. Granger and mayor paid to have Perales’ car’s movements monitored without a policy or system to to analyze the data

  3. Granger and mayor failed to supervise, train and control Perales.

  4. Defendants violated Contreras’ constittional rights of privacy, security in her person and due process.

  5. Granger knew or should have known of Perales’ unfitness at the time of hiring and at material times during the employment relationship, as Perales had a history of domestic violence, abuse of authority and dishonest conduct.

The attorney for Perales and the attorney for the City of Granger could not be contacted over the weeked for comment.


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