POLICE UNION LEADERS UNDER INVESTIGATION.Byline: Patrick McGreevy and Peter Hartlaub Daily News Staff Writers
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2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. is investigating misconduct complaints against four leaders of the police officers union, including Sgt. Dennis Zine, who will be relieved of duty pending a hearing on sexual misconduct sexual misconduct Professional ethics Any behavior that violates a health professional's ethics through sexual contact of physician and his/her Pt. See Professional boundaries. allegations, officials said Wednesday.
Police union officials accused 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. of retaliating against its directors as part of the escalating war between Los Angeles Police Department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).
This article or section is written like an . brass and the union. Department officials denied the charge.
Zine, a West Hills resident who serves as a Police Protective League director and member of the elected Charter Reform Commission, faces 13 counts of misconduct, including allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward Officer Denise Ward, 36.
The LAPD also is investigating allegations that league President Dave Hepburn made an inappropriate remark to a resident, that union director Cliff Ruff made an off-color joke about the chief at a retirement dinner, and that Ruff and union director Gary Fullerton committed perjury perjury (pûr`jərē), in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. in a civil deposition, league officials said.
Only Zine is facing disciplinary action at this time.
Police Protective League attorney Hank Hernandez accused Parks of 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 criticism by union directors of his operation of the department and said the investigations are an effort to undermine the union leadership.
``I'm facing five different complaints against my directors,'' Hernandez said. ``I don't think that's a coincidence.''
The union has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint against the department, alleging that Zine is being treated more harshly because of his status in the union and because he has criticized Parks.
``We have read the investigation and have concluded the only reason Dennis Zine is being ordered to a Board of Rights is retaliation for his criticism of the chief,'' Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Parks has taken the unusual step of briefing Mayor Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. on the Zine case. The union lawyer charged that the investigation of Zine also was retaliation because the sergeant would not support Riordan's position on charter reform.
LAPD: No retaliation
Cmdr. Dave Kalish, an LAPD spokesman, said he could not comment on the facts of the cases, but he denied any political motivation in all of them.
``This is absolutely not an issue of retaliation,'' Kalish said. ``This is simply a matter of investigating allegations of gross misconduct.''
Mayoral spokeswoman Noelia Rodriguez also denied that Riordan played a role in the action against Zine. She said she was not aware of Parks briefing the mayor.
Hepburn said it is very unusual for the department to be investigating complaints against four union leaders at once.
``Any time that occurs, the potential for some kind of retaliation is in the back of our minds,'' he said.
Hepburn said he was questioned by LAPD investigators about a remark he made to an acquaintance while off duty. He declined to detail the remark but said it was an opinion not related to the LAPD.
``The allegation was that the remark was inappropriate for a police officer,'' Hepburn said. ``I don't think it was improper. It's ridiculous that the department is even investigating it.''
Ruff denied that he and Fullerton committed perjury in a deposition in a civil suit brought by a police officer against the union, and says his joke about Parks at a retirement roast in Calabasas is protected free speech.
One supporter of Ruff described his joke at a retirement party as tasteless, comparing the chief in a disparaging dis·par·age
tr.v. dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing, dis·par·ag·es
1. To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle. See Synonyms at decry.
2. To reduce in esteem or rank. way to a bodily affliction.
``The chief is harassing the union,'' Ruff said.
Fullerton did not return calls for comment.
The only disciplinary action out of the investigations so far was an order by Parks that Zine, a 23-year veteran of the department, be relieved of duty pending a Board of Rights hearing. The order has not yet been served on Zine, who was in South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). on vacation Wednesday and did not return calls for comment.
Female officer filed suit
Ward sued Zine and the city in 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. Superior Court on June 23, seeking compensatory and punitive damages Monetary compensation awarded to an injured party that goes beyond that which is necessary to compensate the individual for losses and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer. . She claims she lost salary and suffered mental pain and anguish from the alleged harassment.
Ward, who began her career as an LAPD officer in 1995, said the problems started in June 1997, after Zine invited her to attend a Police Protective League conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ward claims Zine told her the league would pay for everything, then made unwanted sexual advances night after night until she was forced to abandon the room they were staying in and bunk with an officer from Long Beach.
Ward claims the problems started on the first night of the trip, when Zine allegedly lit candles, turned off the lights and waited for her to come out of the bathroom, telling her he thought it would be romantic.
Three nights later, the lawsuit states, Zine climbed into her bed, ignored her demand that he leave and proceeded to rub his genitals gen·i·tals
Genitalia. up and down her body.
Ward said Zine told her she would have a separate room before the trip. After she moved to other quarters, Ward claims, Zine put a dozen condoms and a jar of his urine in her luggage, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the suit.
Since the trip ended, Ward contends that Zine told other officers that she ``used him'' for a free trip. Ward claims she has been harassed as recently as May, when someone called her a ``psycho chick'' because Zine said she abused him.
Hernandez said Zine believes he is being treated unfairly for romantic advances made after he and Ward had begun dating.
In addition, Hernandez said two female officers have admitted putting condoms and a container with a liquid in Ward's suitcase as a prank. He said department investigators do not appear to believe those officers and are alleging Zine is responsible.
The Police Protective League's board of directors will meet in the next few weeks to discuss Zine's status, but Hepburn said he does not expect the charges to affect his role as a director.
``The case will be heard before a Board of Rights,'' he said. ``Hopefully, Dennis will be found not guilty and he will be able to come back to work.''
Erwin Chemerinsky Erwin Chemerinsky (born 1953) is a well-known professor of Constitutional law and federal civil procedure, has recently accepted a position at the University of California, Irvine, in the new Donald Bren School of Law, beginning in 2009. , chairman of the elected Charter Reform Commission, said it is premature to talk about Zine resigning from the panel.
``This is a very serious allegation, but at this stage it is just an allegation,'' he said. ``There has been no finding of wrongdoing wrong·do·er
One who does wrong, especially morally or ethically.
Hepburn said he does not know the facts of the case against Zine but worries that Zine's criticism of Parks could affect his treatment.
``I am concerned that because the union has been so effective in criticizing the chief in recent months - and Dennis has been one of the most outspoken critics - that this could be, in some sense, retaliation for things Dennis has said,'' Hepburn said.
By sending the matter to a Board of Rights, the department is signaling that Zine could face serious discipline ranging from a 22-day suspension to termination.
The LAPD has been criticized in the past for being soft on 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. complaints. Parks has made it clear in recent months that he will not tolerate such misconduct.
Zine, who is divorced, ran unsuccessfully in 1993 for the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. in a west San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. district and is believed to be interested in running again someday. He won election last year to the post of charter reform commissioner from that same 3rd Council District.