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February 2, 2009 | Jack Leonard
Federal authorities have launched a civil rights investigation into several Los Angeles police officers accused of lying under oath in a drug possession case that was dismissed last year when a videotape sharply contradicted their testimony. An FBI agent and a federal prosecutor last week surveyed a Hollywood apartment complex where a security camera documented the 2007 arrest of Guillermo Alarcon Jr.
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January 15, 2014 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A woman who accused two Los Angeles police officers of threatening her with jail unless she had sex with them will be paid $575,000 to settle her lawsuit against the city. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the payout to the woman, who is one of four women to accuse officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela of coercing them into having sex with them, according to court documents. The Times generally does not name alleged sex crime victims. Nichols and Valenzuela, both 41, were working as narcotics detectives in Hollywood in 2010 when they arrested the woman, according to one of her attorneys, Dennis Chang, and a search warrant affidavit LAPD investigators filed as part of a criminal investigation into the officers' conduct.
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January 20, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
When local protests broke out this month over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Los Angeles Police Department officials decided that officers at the scene should not immediately wear their riot helmets out of concerns the gear might escalate passions among the demonstrators. But the decision has now generated controversy after a protester hit an officer with the wood post of a protest sign during a march in Westwood.
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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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July 13, 2012 | By Melissa Leu and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
A confrontation in downtown Los Angeles late Thursday between police and Occupy L.A.protesters appeared to have stemmed from a sidewalk chalk-drawing demonstration, witnesses said. At least two officers were injured and several arrests had been made. A woman who identified herself as part ofOccupy L.A. said protesters attended the monthly L.A. ArtWalk on Thursday night with the intention of showing support for people previously arrested for chalking on the sidewalk. A Facebook event advertised the planned demonstration.
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December 21, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Bill Beaird wept Friday as he recalled watching live on television as Los Angeles police officers fatally shot his son at the end of a pursuit. Sometime before the shooting, Beaird said, his son Brian had called to say that police were chasing him. Beaird said he urged his son to pull over. But Brian Beaird kept driving his Corvette at high rates of speed, eventually broadsiding another car Dec. 13 in downtown Los Angeles. The shooting was filmed from TV news helicopters. The elder Beaird said he watched in shock as his 51-year-old son staggered out of the wrecked Corvette, briefly putting his arms in the air as he walked behind the vehicle to the passenger side, and police opened fire.
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March 31, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Having a police force that is too small has its rewards, at least for the bank accounts of officers patrolling Los Angeles' streets. Just ask the Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who made $240,000 last year -- $131,000 of that from working overtime. Or another sergeant, who added $105,800 in overtime pay to his $101,900 annual salary.
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November 23, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
As far as news releases go, the one the Los Angeles police union put out was highly unusual. It dealt with Brian C. Mulligan, a Hollywood executive turned banker, who had been arrested by LAPD officers. In the news release, the union portrayed Mulligan as a drug-abusing liar and accused him of trying to "shake down" the Police Department. The evidence? A secret recording that a police officer in nearby Glendale had made of Mulligan a few days before his arrest. Sounding agitated and paranoid, Mulligan admitted on the recording to using a potent type of bath salts, a synthetic drug that can cause paranoia.
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September 7, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Ten LAPD officers--including five from the San Fernando Valley--were awarded the Medal of Valor at a ceremony Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks presented the department's highest award to Sgt.
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October 4, 1997
A federal jury took an hour Friday to clear two LAPD officers of allegations that they violated the rights of a former officer who had been put on the night shift and denied a promotion. Capt. Robert Kimball and Lt. Joseph Germain, now both retired, refused to comment outside court about their victory in the lawsuit brought by Bobby Rydell Marshall.
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