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July 20, 1997
Your July 12 article cast a haze over Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker as a suitable candidate for chief of police. My issue is over the tactics of Sgt. Ronnie Cato, vice president of the black officers association, trying to malign this outstanding man. I have known Kroeker professionally for over 20 years. In all that time I have found him to treat everyone fairly and to be a strong supporter of minority and female issues. When he was assigned to the South Bureau he was well respected and well liked by the community and the police officers who worked for him. It would take a search of greater magnitude than is currently underway for police chief to find an officer who has given more to his/her city than Kroeker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD sergeant said Monday that he has sued Mayor Richard Riordan alleging that the mayor slandered him last year by calling him a "racist." "This man has destroyed my career," Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Ronnie Cato said of the mayor. "How can I effectively do my job now?" Riordan allegedly called Cato a "racist" when responding in July to a letter the sergeant wrote to city officials concerning then-Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD sergeant said Monday that he has sued Mayor Richard Riordan alleging that the mayor slandered him last year by calling him a "racist." "This man has destroyed my career," Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Ronnie Cato said of the mayor. "How can I effectively do my job now?" Riordan allegedly called Cato a "racist" when responding in July to a letter the sergeant wrote to city officials concerning then-Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker.
OPINION
July 20, 1997
Your July 12 article cast a haze over Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker as a suitable candidate for chief of police. My issue is over the tactics of Sgt. Ronnie Cato, vice president of the black officers association, trying to malign this outstanding man. I have known Kroeker professionally for over 20 years. In all that time I have found him to treat everyone fairly and to be a strong supporter of minority and female issues. When he was assigned to the South Bureau he was well respected and well liked by the community and the police officers who worked for him. It would take a search of greater magnitude than is currently underway for police chief to find an officer who has given more to his/her city than Kroeker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998
A judge ruled Thursday against an LAPD sergeant who had filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and Mayor Richard Riordan, alleging that the mayor defamed him by calling him "a racist." In the lawsuit, Sgt. Ronnie Cato alleged that Riordan hurt his professional reputation when the mayor called Cato a racist for making disparaging remarks last summer about a candidate for Los Angeles police chief. The mayor's comments were published in newspapers and aired on television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Interim Los Angeles Police Chief Bayan Lewis said Tuesday he will investigate allegations of racial bias and insensitivity against Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker, even though he believes the accusations are "absolutely uncalled-for and unjust." "Mark Kroeker has a history of being a person who has concerned himself with affirmative action and diversity," Lewis said. "I think the allegations are old news, things that have been looked at before and were never an issue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Department has made progress in increasing ethnic diversity in promotions, but is still not meeting some goals, and many minority officers continue to feel at a disadvantage, according to the heads of Latino and African American advocacy groups. The mixed record was also detailed in the LAPD's annual report on a consent decree approved by the courts in 1992 to force the department to improve promotion of minority and women officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan on Monday called the vice president of a black police officers association "a racist" for making inflammatory accusations in letters to city officials, suggesting that race relations would suffer if Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker became the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. During a dedication ceremony for the new North Hollywood police station, Riordan defended Kroeker's reputation and accused LAPD Sgt.
NEWS
August 29, 1993 | JAKE DOHERTY
Encouraged by the success of a pilot program to combat graffiti in the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division, city officials plan to step up enforcement of an ordinance requiring merchants to lock up spray paint cans and markers. The sale of spray paint to minors is prohibited, but some youths steal spray paint cans and markers from open store shelves, said City Atty. James K. Hahn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2005 | Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writer
Struggling to lure more officers, the Los Angeles Police Department is joining a growing number of law enforcement agencies across the nation in considering less stringent recruitment rules. Police Chief William J. Bratton said he was drawing up the proposed changes, which would end the LAPD's zero-tolerance rule toward past marijuana use and make it easier for the department to hire people with bad credit histories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | Jessica Garrison and Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writers
Mayor James K. Hahn and City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa zipped around Los Angeles on Wednesday, touting new endorsements and appealing to some key voting blocs. With seven weeks until they face off in the May 17 election, the two mayoral candidates also continued to assail each other, with Villaraigosa again calling Hahn a "part-time mayor" tainted by a federal corruption probe and Hahn suggesting once more that his rival is a flip-flopper who is not tough enough on gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Department captain picked to oversee internal misconduct cases was once sued for discrimination after he displayed a noose in his office and under questioning admitted to having frequently used a term considered a racial slur. As a result, the head of an organization of African American officers wrote Chief William J. Bratton Tuesday to complain about the promotion soon to be handed to Capt. Richard Webb.
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