LAPD Corruption Could Cost $125 Million

City Council Reportedly ‘Overwhelmed And Burdened’

LOS ANGELES, Posted 9:47 a.m. PST February 3, 2000 — As much as $125 million may have to be paid out to settle expected lawsuits stemming from the Rampart Division corruption scandal.

That’s the message Police Chief Bernard Parks and the city attorney’s office delivered to the Los Angeles City Council behind closed doors yesterday. Sources told the Los Angeles Times that members reacted with sighs and gasps.

“It’s like a new type of natural disaster,” one source told the newspaper. “I can tell you that the council was overwhelmed and burdened.”

Taking part in yesterday’s briefing was Chief Deputy City Attorney Tim McOsker, who told council members to brace for a barrage of costly lawsuits growing out of more than 120 tainted cases linked to corrupt anti-gang officers.

The estimate that as much as $125 million may have to be paid out in settlements was based on the number of potential claims and the city attorney’s experience of average payouts in such cases, The Times reported.

So far, 29 people have had their convictions overturned or their cases dropped as a result of the ever-widening probe into misconduct by anti-gang officers in the Rampart Division.

About 20 officers have been blankigned to their homes with pay, resigned, been suspended without pay or fired as a result of the misconduct allegations.

At the center of the allegations — including unjustified shootings, the framing of suspects, the planting of evidence, and perjurious testimony — is ex-officer Rafael Perez, who has been cooperating with investigators in hopes of lowering his upcoming sentence for stealing eight pounds of cocaine from an evidence locker.

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