Judge backs financial disclosures for LAPD gang officers

by Andrew Blankstein (LA Times)
February 9, 2010 | 7:34 am

Officials for the union representing Los Angeles police officers said Monday they were considering their legal options after a federal judge upheld a key provision of the federal consent decree that required financial disclosures by gang and narcotics officers.

The 35-page order by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess turned away a challenge by union officials who went to court to block a provision requiring officers joining anti-gang and narcotics units that frequently seize cash or contraband to disclose to department officials an array of personal financial information every two years.

The roughly 600 officers already assigned to the units were granted a two-year grace period in February 2009 before having to complete the records, although that could be delayed because of legal challenges.

In an e-mail sent to members, Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber called the disclosure provisions an “unnecessary and dangerous invasion into the personal finances of our members and their families” and held out the possibility of further legal challenges to the provisions.

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