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August 23, 1989
A Lomita woman on Tuesday supported much of the Torrance Police Department's version of a fatal 1984 traffic accident between an off-duty police sergeant and a San Pedro teen-ager. Suzanne Kelly Johnson testified that Kelly Rastello, 19, sped into the intersection of Rolling Hills Road and Whiffletree Lane nearly five years ago after Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green had already started to turn left in front of him.
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May 24, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years after his youngest child's death, tears still come all too easily to John Rastello. On Thursday, the tears mingled with sighs of relief as Rastello and his attorneys announced a $6.5-million legal settlement with the city of Torrance, which had appealed a 1989 jury verdict. The agreement ends Rastello's enduring attempts to prove that the Torrance Police Department conspired to cover up the facts surrounding his son's death in a motorcycle accident.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
A former Torrance police officer testified Monday that it was common knowledge within the Police Department that investigators covered up for an off-duty police sergeant, even though they believed that he was drunk and was to blame for a 1984 traffic accident that killed a San Pedro teen-ager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys today expect to sign a $6.5-million legal settlement, the largest in Torrance city history, to resolve a 1984 wrongful-death suit in which jurors concluded that Torrance police routinely conspired to protect their colleagues. The settlement would go to John Rastello of San Pedro, whose 19-year-old son, Kelly, died in an Aug. 30, 1984, traffic collision with off-duty Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green. City officials said the settlement will be a financial blow to Torrance; only $3.5 million will be covered by insurance.
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June 14, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance city officials, outraged that their insurance carrier has refused to pay a $7.7-million judgment against the city, filed suit against the company Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The judgment was ordered in the highly publicized case in which a 19-year-old San Pedro youth was killed in a 1984 traffic collision with off-duty Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green. Jurors found that the Police Department covered up for Green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys today expect to sign a $6.5-million legal settlement, the largest in Torrance city history, to resolve a 1984 wrongful-death suit in which jurors concluded that Torrance police routinely conspired to protect their colleagues. The settlement would go to John Rastello of San Pedro, whose 19-year-old son, Kelly, died in an Aug. 30, 1984, traffic collision with off-duty Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green. City officials said the settlement will be a financial blow to Torrance; only $3.5 million will be covered by insurance.
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August 10, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green admitted Wednesday that he had a reputation within his department as a heavy drinker, but he testified that his drinking was not a chronic problem in the months leading up to a 1984 traffic accident that triggered a major lawsuit against him and the department. Green portrayed himself in Los Angeles Superior Court as an occasional drinker who sometimes overindulged but who also went "days, weeks, months" without drinking alcohol.
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August 24, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Former Torrance Police Officer Timothy Thornton on Wednesday denied allegations made in court earlier this week that he and other officers concealed a police sergeant's alleged drunk driving on the night of a fatal 1984 traffic accident. Thornton testified in Los Angeles Superior Court that he never admitted being part of a cover-up to protect Sgt. Rollo Green, contradicting the Monday testimony of Timothy Pappas, another former officer.
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July 26, 1990 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance will assume responsibility for paying $77,500 in punitive damages levied against its police chief and four current and former Police Department employees in a case stemming from the 1984 death of motorcyclist Kelly Rastello. This marks the first time that Torrance has taken such a step when its employees faced punitive damages, City Atty. Kenneth L. Nelson said. With virtually no discussion, the City Council voted 7 to 0 this week to cover the cost of punitive damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Torrance police covered up a colleague's responsibility for a fatal 1984 traffic accident, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled Friday in awarding a $6-million civil judgment. In its verdict against the Torrance Police Department, Chief Donald Nash and six officers, the jury found the cover-up followed a "custom and policy" within the department that deprived citizens of their rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1990 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance will assume responsibility for paying $77,500 in punitive damages levied against its police chief and four current and former Police Department employees in a case stemming from the 1984 death of motorcyclist Kelly Rastello. This marks the first time that Torrance has taken such a step when its employees faced punitive damages, City Atty. Kenneth L. Nelson said. With virtually no discussion, the City Council voted 7 to 0 this week to cover the cost of punitive damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance city officials, outraged that their insurance carrier has refused to pay a $7.7-million judgment against the city, filed suit against the company Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The judgment was ordered in the highly publicized case in which a 19-year-old San Pedro youth was killed in a 1984 traffic collision with off-duty Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green. Jurors found that the Police Department covered up for Green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury added $82,500 in punitive damages on Wednesday to the $5.9-million judgment it awarded a San Pedro family last week after finding that Torrance police covered up for a colleague involved in a fatal 1984 traffic accident. The additional award against Torrance Police Chief Donald Nash, Lt. Noel Cobbs, who recently retired, Sgt. Rollo Green, Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Torrance police covered up a colleague's responsibility for a fatal 1984 traffic accident, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled Friday in awarding a $6-million civil judgment. In its verdict against the Torrance Police Department, Chief Donald Nash and six officers, the jury found the cover-up followed a "custom and policy" within the department that deprived citizens of their rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for a San Pedro father told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury Tuesday that Torrance police committed an "unspeakable perversion" by covering up a colleague's drunk driving in an accident that killed the man's teen-age son. In closing arguments at the end of a six-week civil trial, attorney Browne Greene asked jurors to hold the Torrance Police Department liable for the cover-up to "send a message that nobody in this city, in this state or in this community is above the law."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Former Torrance Police Officer Timothy Thornton on Wednesday denied allegations made in court earlier this week that he and other officers concealed a police sergeant's alleged drunk driving on the night of a fatal 1984 traffic accident. Thornton testified in Los Angeles Superior Court that he never admitted being part of a cover-up to protect Sgt. Rollo Green, contradicting the Monday testimony of Timothy Pappas, another former officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
An off-duty Torrance police sergeant appeared drunk about 15 minutes after his pickup truck and a motorcycle collided, killing its rider, a witness testified Thursday in a civil trial against the Torrance Police Department. Other witnesses in the first day of testimony said Sgt. Rollo Green was not at the scene immediately after the accident on Aug. 30, 1984, that killed 19-year-old Kelly Rastello.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for a San Pedro father told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury Tuesday that Torrance police committed an "unspeakable perversion" by covering up a colleague's drunk driving in an accident that killed the man's teen-age son. In closing arguments at the end of a six-week civil trial, attorney Browne Greene asked jurors to hold the Torrance Police Department liable for the cover-up to "send a message that nobody in this city, in this state or in this community is above the law."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1989
A Lomita woman on Tuesday supported much of the Torrance Police Department's version of a fatal 1984 traffic accident between an off-duty police sergeant and a San Pedro teen-ager. Suzanne Kelly Johnson testified that Kelly Rastello, 19, sped into the intersection of Rolling Hills Road and Whiffletree Lane nearly five years ago after Torrance Police Sgt. Rollo Green had already started to turn left in front of him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
A former Torrance police officer testified Monday that it was common knowledge within the Police Department that investigators covered up for an off-duty police sergeant, even though they believed that he was drunk and was to blame for a 1984 traffic accident that killed a San Pedro teen-ager.
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