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Police union still opposes policy

March 07, 2009|Joel Rubin

Despite repeated legal defeats, the union representing Los Angeles police announced Friday it will pursue its fight against a policy that requires officers to disclose personal financial information.

Since the policy was approved more than a year ago, the Police Protective League has worked aggressively to block its implementation.

The union first filed a lawsuit against the police department and then sought a temporary injunction to prevent the Los Angeles Police Department from collecting the information until the lawsuit was decided.

Last week, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the injunction request, clearing the way for LAPD officials to put the policy into action. Despite this, union President Paul M. Weber said the League would not drop the original lawsuit.

The union says the financial disclosures amount to an invasion of privacy. It also insists that the department cannot be trusted to keep the information confidential.

Under the terms of the anti-corruption plan, officers joining anti-gang and narcotics units that frequently seize cash or other contraband will be required every two years to disclose to department officials a wide array of personal financial information.

-- Joel Rubin

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