An investigation that began with an anonymous letter signed "Suzi Q." has resulted in one Inglewood police officer being fired and 14 being suspended for their alleged roles in an illegal bookmaking operation involving an outside bookie and thousands of dollars in sports betting, officials said Tuesday.
The district attorney's office will decide whether to file any criminal charges in connection with the alleged gambling ring.
"It's over as far as our investigation is concerned," said Inglewood Police Chief Oliver M. Thompson, head of the 209-officer department. "It (the investigation) definitely has had a negative impact. Now it's time for the healing process to begin."
Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office, declined to comment.
Thompson did not disclose the names of the 14 officers and one sergeant disciplined, saying that none has been charged with a crime. The officers will be suspended without pay for one to 30 days, and the suspensions will be staggered to reduce their effect on officer deployment, Thompson said. Some of the officers could be transferred within the department, he said.
The disciplinary actions can be appealed, Thompson said.
The investigation began in December when Thompson received an anonymous typed letter, signed "Suzi Q.," alleging that a betting ring was being run by officers and including several names. Two officers were cleared of any wrongdoing, Thompson said.