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Former LAPD Recruits Win Lawsuit Over Department

July 11, 2014  | 

A judge Thursday upheld a jury’s award of more than $2 million apiece to five former Los Angeles police recruits who were denied the temporary city jobs they sought while recovering from injuries suffered during training at the police academy.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller denied motions by the City Attorney’s Office to either issue a judgment in the city’s favor despite the verdicts or to grant a new trial, City News Service reports.

The City Attorney’s Office argued that the verdicts were not supported by the evidence. Shaller disagreed.

Shaller also found that the amount of the damages awarded May 5 to former recruits Anthony Lee, Ryan Atkins, Douglas Boss, Justin Desmond and Eriberto Orea was not excessive.

Atkins and Desmond were both awarded more than $2.6 million. Boss received $2.5 million, Lee $2.28 million and Orea $2.17 million. The majority portion of most of the money awarded the five was for lost future wages.


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TheRooki @ 7/12/2014 12:23 PM

I hope Phoenix, Albuquerque, Tucson, Las Vegas, & other departments are watching this. They are famous for doing this to academy recruits.

kevCopAz @ 7/12/2014 4:31 PM

I don't know much about the car so I wont comment. As for Phx. when I was in the academy 32+ years ago, if you were injured while running, training etc., you were "recycled", meaning you could come back to another Academy class once you were able to perform. If you were not, you were not rehired. The time that we were in the Academy we were NOT sworn Officers, we were declassified as "police (civilian) recruits". Upon graduation you were promoted to Sworn Officer. Now and for many years if you are injured in the Phx. Academy you are allowed to remain while healing and as long as your passed the physical requirement at least once before injury you are allowed to graduate. I don't know what they do with those that "fail", but many do take civilian positions if they don't "make" the academy.

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