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RETRIBUTION FOR BREAKING
LAPD abused whistle-blowers, lawsuit
Daily News, August 25, 2000
By Beth Barrett, Staff
LAPD Chief Bernard C. Parks
and top commanding officers routinely punished low-ranking officers who reported
wrongdoing ... .
The 43 plaintiffs claim they blew
the whistle on captains suspected of stealing computers, of falsifying overtime
records in the Devonshire and West Valley divisions, and of ordering crime-scene
response times falsely enhanced, among other infractions.
For breaking that "code of silence,"
the officers and civilian workers said they were targeted by the department as
The class, which has yet to be
certified, is anticipated to grow to up to 500 officers ... .
"Police officers report misconduct
and then they are retaliated against for the pettiest things," attorney Bradley
C. Gage said during a press conference at his Woodland Hills office. "It comes
from the top."
Gage said... it was the chief's
disciplinary policies that contributed to the "pattern and practice" of
retributions contributing to a climate of fear and silence in which scandals
like Rampart flourish.
... Gage said, "It's this code of
silence that's created out of fear that can lead to corruption within a
This litigation culminates several
years of complaints by members of the Los Angeles Police Department's rank and
League President Ted Hunt said
nonetheless the LAPD's disciplinary system widely is viewed as dysfunctional,
with the punishment viewed as often in excess of the infraction.
"It's not working; it's illogical
and irrational," Hunt said, adding that nearly every day, an officer contacts
him out of frustration with the department and its rules.
In the Devonshire and West Valley
divisions, officers who reported a captain's falsification of overtime all were
forced out of the department or are currently in disciplinary proceedings, the
Other officers objected when they
were ordered to punch their police-car computers prematurely so it would appear
they were arriving at crime scenes more quickly. The lawsuit said they, too,
were forced out of the department after bogus claims were filed against
The 10-count complaint includes
allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation for filing claims of
discrimination and conspiracy to retaliate against police officers for reporting
criminal and other serious misconduct.
The retaliations the plaintiffs
claim occurred had the added effect of so frightening other officers that they
soon learned to "keep their mouth shut," making them less likely to report
corruption, notably in the Rampart Division, where several officers are
suspected of framing and physically harming suspects.
"Once police officers keep quiet,
officers, supervisors, and managers are then able to engage in criminal conduct,
harming all citizens of the City of Los Angeles," the lawsuit claims.
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