LAPD SETTLES SUITS FOR $5.9 MILLION.Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. agreed Wednesday to a $5.9 million settlement and a confidentiality agreement with nine former police officers who claimed they faced retaliation RETALIATION. The act by which a nation or individual treats another in the same manner that the latter has treated them. For example, if a nation should lay a very heavy tariff on American goods, the United States would be justified in return in laying heavy duties on the manufactures and for being whistle-blowers.
The case involved separate discrimination and retaliation claims by the former sworn officers against supervisors or managers within separate parts of the Los Angeles Police Department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).
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``They span a number of years, from the late 1980s to the present,'' Moses said.
Citing the confidentiality agreement, city officials refused to discuss other details of the case against the Los Angeles Police Department and the city.
David Casselman, the attorney for the officers, said the settlements were reached after lengthy negotiation.
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``The plaintiffs further alleged that, in response to these reports, they were retaliated against by the Police Department in various different ways,'' Casselman said. ``The city denied any retaliation or wrongdoing wrong·do·er
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``I commend the city and their counsel for their efforts in reaching these compromises, which required considerable flexibility on the part of all plaintiffs, as well as the city and the LAPD,'' the attorney said.
City Councilman Dennis Zine, who cast the only dissenting vote in the 10-1 action, said he was opposed to the amount of the settlement, even though officials were told the city could face higher liability in a trial.
``I just think, with the financial problems we have, the city shouldn't approve this size of a settlement now,'' Zine said. ``And, I want more information from the Police Department on what steps are being taken to stop this kind of behavior.
``This is not a case of someone getting beaten or someone getting shot by a cop. This is an internal matter of cops against cops.''
Councilmen Jack Weiss Jack Weiss, is a member of the Los Angeles City Council representing the 5th district. Weiss was elected in 2001 and reelected in 2005. The 5th district includes parts of the Westside and the San Fernando Valley. and Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. said they also wanted more detailed information on LAPD procedures.
``We want to make sure steps are being taken so this doesn't happen again,'' Weiss said.
The suits were filed separately and date back to the late 1980s, officials said. In August 2000, they were made into a class action suit alleging the city discriminated in its employment practices and with unlawful retaliation.
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