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January 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A federal jury found Friday that two Los Angeles police officers had not used excessive force when arresting a onetime bank and Hollywood executive whom they believed to be under the influence of drugs known as bath salts. Brian Mulligan, 54, a former Deutsche Bank vice chairman, sued the Los Angeles Police Department and two of its officers, claiming that James Nichols and John Miller had used batons to break his nose and shoulder during the May 16, 2012, encounter. After hearing three days of testimony, jurors took less than three hours to reach a verdict, finding that the officers had not violated Mulligan's federal or state civil rights or battered him. Much of the trial focused on Mulligan's mental state that night.
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October 7, 2009 | Jack Leonard and Joel Rubin
Three Los Angeles police officers were charged with perjury and conspiracy Tuesday for allegedly lying under oath in a drug-possession case that was dismissed last year when a videotape sharply contradicted their testimony. The felony charges mark the most serious allegations of police perjury in Los Angeles since the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart scandal about a decade ago. Prosecutors allege in court documents that two officers falsely testified during the trial that they saw a suspect throw an object that split open to reveal crack and powder cocaine.
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October 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A man who complained he was struggling to breathe died in Los Angeles police custody last month after officers ignored his repeated pleas for help, according to multiple law enforcement sources who reviewed a video of the incident. Two officers transporting 26-year-old Jorge Azucena to an LAPD station were dismissive of his “numerous, numerous statements about trouble breathing and [needing] help,” said one source. At one point, an officer responded to Azucena with a quip along the lines of, “If you can talk, you can breathe,” the source said.
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October 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
A suspected gang member accused of firing multiple times at Los Angeles Police Department officers in Highland Park and an alleged accomplice were arrested Friday after barricading themselves in an apartment building, authorities said. Sgt. Douglas Bowler said officers were on routine patrol in the 200 block of Avenue 57 about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they observed two men involved in what was described as "possible gang activity. " One of the men pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds at the officers, according to Bowler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992
Your pallid article on the deployment of Los Angeles Police Department officers (Jan. 19) was just another irksome story in police-bashing. Ted Rohrlich conveniently failed to mention what even the Christopher Commission discovered, that the out of the five major cities in the U.S., the LAPD has the fewest officers per citizens it serves, yet makes the most arrests per officer. Now that was accomplished through the quality leadership of Chief Daryl Gates. JORGE F. TORRES Los Angeles
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May 8, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Robert Hill did not join the Los Angeles Police Department to become a millionaire. And yet, that's what happened in September when city officials cut the veteran cop and his lawyer a check for nearly $4 million. The money was compensation for the snide comments and other abuse Hill suffered at the hands of other LAPD officers after he reported that a supervisor used racial slurs and embezzled department funds. In the last decade, at least 16 other officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in lawsuits in which they leveled accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices.
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August 5, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Ten Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officers have sued the city, alleging that their supervisors retaliated against them for resisting traffic ticket quotas, according to a court filing reviewed Thursday. Attorneys for West Traffic Division Officers Philip Carr, Kevin Cotter, Timothy Dacus, Peter Landelius, Kevin Ree, Kevin Riley, Josh Sewell, Vincent Stroway, James Wallace and Jason Zapatka filed suit a week ago in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Among their allegations is that LAPD supervisors punished them for refusing to follow orders to implement traffic ticket quotas.
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