Former highway patrol officer civil suit alleges years of homophobic abuse

Jay Brome, photo by Toweroad

A former California Highway Patrol officer who claims to have experienced harassment and discrimination because of his sexuality is now suing the agency. 

Jay Brome used to be a highway patrol officer, but he opened an antique clothing shop in downtown Benecia last year. Brome said the store was a coping mechanism to deal with the harassment and threats he dealt with at his former job. He even once had a gun held to his head. He loved his job so much in law enforcement that he ignored the harassment.

Eventually, he asked to be transferred and still received threats, so he filed a complaint.

In 2015, the threats became so intense, he considered suicide. Much later, he filed a civil lawsuit against the CHP and eight officers for harassment and discrimination.