In addition, he said he was constantly bewildered by phone calls from field patrol supervisors who wanted him to justify incidents that obviously constituted police brutality.
He described one instance where a captain wanted him to justify a case where a suspect was struck in the back while sitting handcuffed inside a patrol car in the West Valley division. He said another incident in Southeast Los Angeles involved a woman who was choked by police as she begged onlookers to help her.
"What amazed me," Nichols said Friday, "is that these captains don't know the use-of-force policy. They had to call me to find out what it is."
In his old job, Nichols did not set use-of-force policies, but was the department's key officer in implementing training procedures regarding defensive tactics.
As his new assignment, Nichols said he must choose between being a staff researcher or part of a training team that intermittently visits various patrol stations.
Gates has been criticized for actions he took against two high-ranking officers who spoke out against the department before the Christopher Commission.
Assistant Chief David Dotson was temporarily relieved of his command over the Internal Affairs Division, and an audit was launched into the unit supervised by Deputy Chief Glenn Levant.