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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1991
Long Beach Police Officers Assn. President Mike Tracy was soundly defeated in his reelection bid this week by an opponent who pledged to be more diplomatic in relations with management. Burglary detective Paul Chastain, a 28-year-veteran of the department, beat Tracy by a 300-198 vote Wednesday. The department has a long history of labor-management strife, marked last year by a bitter contract dispute and a vote of no confidence for Police Chief Lawrence Binkley by rank-and-file members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1992
Saying he was "politically assassinated," fired Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley has filed a lawsuit against top city and police authorities, asserting that he was terminated in retaliation for investigating elected and appointed officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1992
Fired Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley learned Tuesday that his appeal seeking to win back his job was rejected by City Manager James Hankla. Binkley's attorney, Barry Levin, called the city's investigation of the former chief, as well as the appeal process, "a kangaroo court." Levin said he did not know whether Binkley plans to pursue legal action. Hankla fired Binkley on Jan.
NEWS
November 8, 1990
Police Chief Lawrence Binkley's 19-year-old daughter was killed in a traffic accident last weekend while returning home from a family wedding. Wendy Leigh Pearson, Binkley's daughter from a previous marriage, and Sanford Lewis Lathrop III, 21, died from severe head injuries late Saturday night. Both were thrown from a pickup truck that went off Interstate 5 and into a center divider in Fresno County, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Praetz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1991
Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley and other department administrators did not violate the free-speech rights of a sergeant and his wife, a Los Angeles federal court jury concluded Monday. Sgt.
NEWS
October 8, 1987
A new charity is being created with the goal of erecting a statue in honor of Long Beach police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. A dinner party on Nov. 18 will launch the Long Beach Police and Firefighters Charities Inc., a nonprofit group that will spearhead the fund-raising drive, according to a spokesman for the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, where the event will be held. The statue will be inscribed, "Let us never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
NEWS
May 26, 1988
There is good news, bad news and potentially more good news for the promoters of "Carnaval"--last Saturday's daylong downtown festival, billed as the first large Brazilian-style carnival in Southern California. The good news is that the festival was a hit. Coordinator Lou Moreno estimated that 40,000 people watched the parade and listened to entertainers such as Poncho Sanchez and Jose Feliciano. Police Chief Lawrence Binkley reported no major problems. The bad news is that the event lost money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989
A Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by the Long Beach Police Officers Assn. to limit Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence L. Binkley's power to transfer officers and initiate new policies. Judge Dzintra I. Janavs rejected most association claims in a lawsuit that police management violated fair labor practices on a series of issues. She agreed with the union in one area, ordering Binkley to consult with association officials before ordering officers going on stress-related leave to surrender their badges and guns.
NEWS
January 7, 1988
Deputy City Manager John Williams, third in command in the city's administration, was arrested on a charge of drunk driving last week and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Long Beach Municipal Court, police said. Police stopped Williams, 52, in the 4200 block of Long Beach Boulevard about 9 p.m. on Dec. 29, according to Lt. Robert Kalowes of community relations. Williams allegedly was driving erratically.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1988
Accusing Long Beach police of discrimination and corruption, the local chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Wednesday that it has asked the Los Angeles County district attorney and the grand jury to investigate the department. But at a press conference in Los Angeles, Long Beach NAACP chapter spokesman Frank Berry did not provide any specific examples of when officers allegedly harassed blacks and falsified reports to cover their actions.
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