Billings Police Officers

BPD Disciplinary Problem
Before coming forward as one of three Billings police officers recently disciplined for sexual encounters on city property, former officer Paul LaMantia had been the subject of several complaints. LaMantia was first disciplined in 2009, after roughly five months on the job, and his disciplinary citations stacked up...
BPD Officers Identified, One Resigns
Q2 reports a Billings police officer– previously investigated for assaulting a Laurel police officer, disciplined for leaving a transient couple in a remote area and sued for injuring a bystander during a 2012 foot chase– has also been identified as one of the three officers who had sex with a civilian city employee on city property...
BPD Officers in Sex Scandal May Be Named in 2 Days
Q2 reports the names of three Billings police officers– disciplined for job and workplace-related sexual encounters with a city employee– should be released, but will remain private for at least two more days. District Judge Donald Harris ruled Monday that he would allow a temporary restraining order to stand for another 48 hours, to give the officers’ legal counsel time to formulate and document
MSC Rules Billings Cop Can Be Sued
Q2 reports the Montana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Billings police officer who injured a bystander– tackled while he was pursuing a suspect in 2012– is not protected from civil litigation. Robert Bassett originally filed the lawsuit in Yellowstone County District Court against Officer Paul LaMantia, alleging the officer failed to exercise reasonable care in performing his duties... Read
Armed Standoff Ends Without Fatality
Q2 reports that an unidentified man in his sixties was taken into custody after exchanging gunfire with police and holing up for hours in an east Billings residence Tuesday evening. He reportedly fired shots at two Montana Department of Corrections parole officers who knocked on his door on the 1600 block of Second Avenue North just after 4:30 p...
KTVQ, Gazette File to Intervene on BPD Names
As anticipated, KTVQ and The Billings Gazette have filed to intervene in a legal action by three police officers seeking to keep their names out of the news after being disciplined for their sexual encounters with a former BPD civilian employee on city property...
Judge Blocks the Release of BPD Names
A judge granted a temporary restraining order on Monday, barring the city of Billings from releasing the names of three BPD officers disciplined for having sex with a civilian employee on city property. The city was prepared to release the names and details of the case, but Yellowstone County District Judge Michael Moses issued the restraining order at the request of lawyers representing the three
BPD Officers Suspended in Sex Scandal
Q2 reports that three Billings police officers– who admitted having sex on city property with a civilian employee of the department– were given either one or two week suspensions without pay, according to a Wednesday press release from Police Chief Rich St...
Home Stabbing Tuesday
Two men were hospitalized on Tuesday morning after an as-yet unidentified assailant climbed through the back window of their home and stabbed both of them. The suspect, a 19-year-old man who is known to the victims, remains at large, according to Billings Police Sgt...
Montana S.C. Overturns BPD Compensation Decision
The Montana Supreme Court on Monday reversed a judge’s decision that the city of Billings pay $2.7 million to police officers as part of a lawsuit over their contract with the city.  The Billings Gazette reports that, in a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that language in collective bargaining agreements between Billings Police Department officers and the city of Billings were not as cl