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Police Commissioner Attacks LAPD Lawsuit Handling

July 03, 2013  | 

Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday expressed concern and frustration over the findings of an audit that concluded the LAPD fails to take basic steps to curtail costly lawsuits filed by officers.

The audit, conducted by the commission's inspector general, found the LAPD routinely destroys case files, keeps inaccurate and incomplete information on lawsuits, and has no system in place to identify recurring issues that lead to problems between officers. The Times first reported on the audit last week.

Commissioner Rafael Bernardino wasted no time at the panel's weekly meeting in leveling a sharp criticism at department officials, calling the audit findings "horrible."

"A fail across the board," he said, visibly dismayed.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

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