Chavet was not present at that time, but was with Rodgers when she visited the home on March 12 and was arrested along with Rodgers for trespassing in that incident. After we filed a lawsuit, the city attorney proposed mediation and we agreed, said attorney Bill Paparian. A former mayor of Pasadena, Paparian and Pasadena civil rights attorney John Burton are representing Rodgers and Chavet in the federal lawsuit. We exchanged information with them and got body cam videos of the arrest, Paparian explained. But, he said, After mediation, they reversed course and declared a conflict of interest and Bugh had to retain counsel. Paparian said he did not know the nature of the conflict. City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris, who along with assistant City Attorney Frank Rhemrev is named as a respondent in the claim, declined to comment on Monday afternoon. In their lawsuit filed in June, Rodgers and Chavet accuse the police of violating their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by taking action against Rodgers and Chavet without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Soon after the filing of the lawsuit, which also names the Police Department, Chief Phillip Sanchez and officers involved in both incidents, the city sought to reach a resolution by mediation. But after those meetings, the City Attorneys Office distanced itself from Bugh, the claim states. According to the claim, Bugh was notified in a letter dated Sept. 26 that he would not be represented by Bagneris office. A copy of that letter was not made available with the claim, which is seeking more than $25,000 in damages. A claim is usually the first step in the filing of a lawsuit against a government agency. A representative at Stone Busailah who answered the phone on Monday declined to talk about the case, saying, We do not discuss ongoing litigation regarding our clients. The claim, signed by Sara L.
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