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LAPD Faces $2.4M Payouts To Black, Lesbian Officers

March 28, 2013  | 

The city of Los Angeles is facing payouts of $1.2 million and $1.24 million to LAPD officers who sued the department, claiming discrimination, reports the Los Angeles Times.

On Tuesday, a jury ordered the city to pay $1.2 million to Earl Wright, a former Central Division veteran officer who claimed his supervisor, Sgt. Peter Foster, and other officers carried out racial pranks that left him "embarrassed and humiliated," the Times reported.

Wright, who joined the LAPD in 1989, claimed the pranks involved references to fried chicken and watermelons. A fellow black officer, Randall McCain, said Wright participated in the jokes and then "lied about the way he was feeling."

On March 20, the City Council approved a $1.24 million payment to a lesbian officer and retired lesbian officer who claimed they were subjected to repeated sexual harassment by a supervisor.

Now-retired Officer Linda Gotham and Officer Lynn Whitey, both openly gay, were assigned to the Van Nuys Division in 2010, when they say their supervisor Sgt. Randy Hoffmaster repeatedly made vulgar sexual comments and propositions. Hoffmaster resigned from the LAPD following an internal investigation, reports the Times.


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Comments (7)

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rob @ 3/28/2013 5:08 PM

There is not a damn thing wrong with a person because of the partner they chose. I work with some great officers who are gay and some shitt officers who are straight, but volgaur language is part of the job.

RICHARD ISAACS @ 3/28/2013 5:59 PM


Greg @ 3/29/2013 5:30 AM

Jeeze, more delicate flowers playing the race/perversion card. If you're an officer and don't have the backbone/balls to stand up for yourself and not tolerate supposedly "racist/sexist/homophobic" (the big monster for victims) are so in the wrong profession. Such delicate victims are pathetic and are only whining due to the money they can make, especially in Kalifornia's sensitive and PC climate.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/31/2013 11:04 AM

There goes our tax payer money. Wait I thought California was broke.

Jim A @ 3/31/2013 4:49 PM

This would never had made the news - or the courts - if it was a white officer suing for discrimination. There have been numerous times that I could have sued my employer, but did not. I sucked it up and moved on. I have gone through it many times in 27 years on the job. We have a job to do. Go do it.

But, I will agree that bulllying is bullying - whether it is by kids or adults, black or white, male or female. To joke is human nature. To bully or discriminate requires repetitive unfair or unwanted actions or comments. It is hard to do your job when you are being treated unfairly and there sometimes comes a time when "moving on" or turning your other cheek is not an option.

Cam @ 4/4/2013 1:44 AM

As a female officer who had to file a complaint with the Human Rights Bureau on the basis of discrimination, I understand. I qualified on everything asked of me, and just wanted to show I could be an officer who would help people in my community. I sucked it all up, no back up, having the report room go quiet when I walked in. I put up with the civilian wives and girlfriends, ( I was only female on my team), and was accused of sleeping with anyone with something hanging between his legs. You have to brush it off, because if we continue to let the boys club harass us, there will never be change. As a space efficient female, I never opened my mouth without having a way to back it up. No, there were things better suited for a male officer, but it worked both ways. If there is so much constant infighting, how can we go do our job. Women are here to stay boys, so get the knot out of your shorts and live with it.

Common Sense @ 4/10/2013 1:59 PM

What about your Oath of Office/Code of Ethics. If you don't respect yourself how can you be expected to respect others. What About That law abiding officers! People you are missing the point it should never be tolerated period no matter who you are. Why should an officer have to put up with the stupidity of fellow officers they get enough of that on the streets. The goal should be to up build one another and not tear each other down and if officers have to humiliate one another to make themselves feel better then you seriously consider no change your profession because you are just as bad as the ones you arrest. Wake up law enforcement used to stand for something good it still can if officers do the right thing. Before you try blasting another officer for whining try walking in his/her shoes that's getting a back bone

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