If I’m reading this LA Times opinion piece correctly, it sounds like cops who have been disciplined for use of excessive force are retaliating by suing the city.
In years past, [the city] would often pay judgments or settlements in connection with accusations of police misconduct but then never bother to investigate whether the misconduct occurred. Thanks to the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, those cases began to be investigated — and continue to be, even though the decree is no longer in force. That allows the department to discipline or fire those who committed the abuses.
So, the increase in investigations resulted in more cops being disciplined, which led to more lawsuits by cops against the city. And apparently they have been winning enough of them to have cost the city $18 million since 2005.
Have we entered the Twilight Zone? This doesn’t fit in with my assumption that cops always protect their own, permitting bad cops to get off too easily if they get any discipline at all. This sounds like the opposite; like cops are being victimized by overzealous disciplinary actions in response to accusations of misbehavior.
Or maybe it’s really a story about scapegoats who are now receiving justice.
[Posted by Dave Krueger]