The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 15, approved a $1.5 million settlement to openly gay LAPD Sgt. Ronald Crump, according to the L.A. Daily News. In fact, this was a compromise whereby the city finally stops fighting Crump—but, in exchange, he has to resign from the LAPD.
In 2009, after going through the proper complaint procedure, Crump filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the LAPD alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation by his LAPD supervisors. The city could have addressed the issues and settled then but decided to go to trial. After a 17-day trial in May 2011, the jury unanimously sided with Crump and awarded him over $1.5 million dollars. But the LAPD and city attorney balked, alleging Crump committed misconduct (an allegation later apparently dropped after it was noted that could look like retaliation) and announcing they would appeal—partially, a source told Frontiers at the time, because Crump demanded a subsequent transfer and other benefits outside the judgment. Crump disputed that characterization, saying he asked for a transfer to “make the wrong things right” and so he could salvage his career. The city’s decision not to appeal means Crump gets the roughly $1,560,000 award, a sizable chunk of which will go to taxes and to pay his lawyer.
The Daily News reported that Councilmember Dennis Zine, who is running for City Controller, and Councilmember and former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks were the two opposing votes to the nine votes in favor of settling. “This sends the wrong message to the department and the public,” Zine told the News. “I don’t think this is an appropriate expenditure just for some comments made to him.”Continue reading here
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