PoliceOne Staff Report (LOS ANGELES) - A seven-year veteran El Monte police officer who had been accused of a December 1998 off-duty freeway altercation in which he allegedly pulled his service weapon on a motorist has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, which will allow him to continue to carry a weapon.
Frank David Bullington, 33, of West Covina received a sentence of six-months' probation and was fined $250 after pleading no-contest to disturbing the peace. In February 2000 a jury deadlocked, six-to-six, on the original charge of exhibiting a firearm. Bullington, was has been on desk duty since the incident, was also ordered not to go near the motorist who told police about the alleged 11 a.m. crime. Had Bullington been convicted of exhibiting a firearm he would have been subject to a 10-year ban from using or possessing firearms, which would have effectively ended his police career.