Six University of California at Berkeley police officers were fired by the university July 17 for sleeping and hanging out in a campus library during midnight shifts, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
According to the Mercury News, the officers were administratively charged with lying after authorities discovered they were going to a campus library after telling dispatchers they were checking other buildings.
The officers were caught when investigators planted a hidden camera and microphone in the library.
Howard Jordan, a former Oakland police lieutenant, told CBS San Francisco that the dishonesty is what forced the firings. “Lying about it is sort of like a cardinal sin, you’re not credible anymore,” he said.
Prior to the terminations, the officers had been on paid leave since October 31. (Source: San Jose Mercury News, July 18.)