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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1991
The statements by Police Chief Daryl Gates and Vernon confirm an opinion I have long held about the causes of problems in the Police Department: The leadership of the LAPD is more concerned with stamping out sin than crime. C.J. WELCH Los Angeles
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1994
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by an ex-assistant Los Angeles police chief who sued the city over an investigation into whether his religious beliefs affected his job performance. Robert Vernon, an elder in Sun Valley's Grace Community Church, said the 1991 Police Commission-ordered probe hindered his ability to practice his religion. He was in charge of the Los Angeles Police Department's Office of Operations under former Police Chief Daryl F.
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June 14, 1991 | TIM RUTTEN
"Argument," said theologian John Courtney Murray, "ceases to be civil when it is dominated by passion and prejudice . . . when the parties to the conversation see the other's argument only through the screen of their own categories. When things like this happen, conversation becomes merely quarrelsome or querulous. Civility dies with the death of dialogue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1994 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Activist Michael Zinzun won $512,500 Wednesday from the city of Los Angeles to settle his claim that he was defamed and lost a bid for the Pasadena City Council when a top Los Angeles Police Department official improperly released information about him. The payment ends a 5-year-old case in which Zinzun said he was defamed by former Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon, who used an LAPD computer to obtain information about him.
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July 3, 1991 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a lack of "legal merit," a judge on Tuesday overturned a jury award of $3.8 million to black activist Michael Zinzun in a high-profile civil rights and defamation case against the city of Los Angeles and Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1991
Assistant Los Angeles Police Chief Robert Vernon testified in a lawsuit Tuesday that he was unaware that his use of a Police Department computer to obtain information about a political activist during a 1989 Pasadena city election violated LAPD guidelines. Vernon told a Superior Court jury that he retrieved only newspaper and wire service articles on political activist Michael Zinzun from a private computer service subscribed to by the department's Anti-Terrorist Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991
A lawyer for a former Pasadena political candidate who contends an assistant police chief leaked information that caused him to lose the election asked a jury Tuesday for up to $2.9 million in damages. Lawyer Dan Stormer presented graphs to a Superior Court jury suggesting they award damages in a range of $730,000 to $2.9 million against the city and Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon for his client, Michael Zinzun. Zinzun sued Vernon, the city and Police Chief Daryl F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1991
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday met behind closed doors and rejected a proposed settlement of a court case involving a political activist who contends that a top Los Angeles police official cost him a Pasadena city government job. Former Black Panther Party member Michael Zinzun recently won a $3.8-million jury verdict against Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon, who used a Los Angeles Police Department computer to spread information about Zinzun's 1989 campaign for city office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
An appeals court Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by former Los Angeles police official Robert Vernon, whose church activity had prompted a 1991 city investigation into whether his decisions as a high-ranking officer had been colored by his religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
An appeals court Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by former Los Angeles police official Robert Vernon, whose church activity had prompted a 1991 city investigation into whether his decisions as a high-ranking officer had been colored by his religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1993 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a spirited defense of himself and his former boss, retired Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon contends in a new book that the Los Angeles Police Department's failures during the riots can be traced to intelligence gathering restrictions and efforts by enemies to bring the department under tighter political control. Vernon, the commander who headed LAPD emergency operations under former Chief Daryl F.
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April 16, 1992
Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon, whose 37-year career was marred by controversy over his fundamentalist Christian beliefs and alleged favoritism toward officers who shared his faith, announced his plans for retirement Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992
Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon filed notice Thursday that he will appeal a federal court judge's decision that the city acted legally last year when it investigated allegations that Vernon mixed religious and police activities. The appeal to the 9th Circuit Court will challenge Judge Stephen V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1992 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after a Los Angeles federal judge rejected Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon's $10-million religious discrimination lawsuit, Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky announced plans to introduce legislation prohibiting city employees from using city property or time to promote religion. Vernon filed his suit after a probe of allegations he improperly injected his religious views into Los Angeles Police Department business.
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March 12, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rejecting claims that top city officials had engaged in a "witch hunt," a federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday threw out Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon's lawsuit alleging that he was the victim of religious discrimination. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled in a detailed, 42-page opinion that Vernon, a church elder, failed to demonstrate that a Police Department investigation violated his religious freedom.
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February 29, 1992 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fundamentalist Christian group is raising money for Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon's legal case and is asking donors to send contributions to a conservative organization that has been the courtroom bulwark of Operation Rescue in California. The Friends of Bob Vernon began sending out fund-raising letters at the start of the year, said the group's chairman, Bob Phillips, who runs a large Christian camp in the Fresno area where Vernon has lectured.
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