POLICE UNION LEADER ABSOLVED; ZINE REINSTATED AFTER HEARING.Byline: Deborah Sullivan Staff Writer
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. police Sgt. Dennis Zine, accused of sexual harassment sexual harassment, in law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace or in academic or other institutional settings, that is actionable, as in tort or under equal-opportunity statutes. in 1997, was found innocent in a police disciplinary hearing that ended this week, officials said Thursday.
Zine, a director of the police union, had been charged with 13 administrative counts of misconduct, including allegations that he had made unwanted advances on a fellow officer, Denise Ward.
Zine was reinstated to full status as a police sergeant following the decision late Wednesday.
The West Hills resident, who served on the Elected Charter Reform Commission, was suspended from work without pay for 11 months since the hearing began last September. But during that time he retained his job and salary as a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
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It said the truth probably was somewhere in between Ward's complaints of sexual harassment and Zine's description of their relationship as a courtly romance.
Zine declined comment Thursday.
An LAPD spokesman said the department conducted a proper review.
``Sgt. Zine was treated like any other employee, certainly treated fairly and with respect,'' said the spokesman, LAPD Cmdr. Dave Kalish. ``In this case another employee alleged very serious misconduct. We had an obligation and responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct. The department investigated it, adjudicated it, and the outcome speaks for itself.''
Earlier, Zine's attorney Darryl E. Mounger had characterized the investigation as retaliation by Police Chief Bernard C. Parks Bernard Parks (born December 7, 1943 in Beaumont, Texas) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Parks attended Los Angeles City College, received his B.S. against Zine's role in the union and criticism of the chief.
Union officials put those accusations behind them after the announcement of Zine's exoneration The removal of a burden, charge, responsibility, duty, or blame imposed by law. The right of a party who is secondarily liable for a debt, such as a surety, to be reimbursed by the party with primary liability for payment of an obligation that should have been paid by the first party. .
``At the time the charges were brought against Dennis, we certainly were concerned about the political motives of the chief in charging Dennis,'' said League President Dave Hepburn. ``But I think the board listened to the evidence and did the right thing.''