Los Angeles City Council OKs Two More Settlements

Los Angeles City Council OKs Two More Settlements
Posted by FoM on December 14, 2000 at 12:36:48 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Modesto Bee
The City Council approved two more settlements of lawsuits stemming from Los Angeles' police corruption scandal this week, bringing to 45 the number resolved so far at a cost of about $31 million.More than 70 lawsuits and 80 claims are still pending, and city attorneys have estimated that settlement costs could eventually top $125 million.
More than 100 criminal convictions have been thrown out as a result of the scandal in which officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart station are said to have beat, robbed and framed innocent people. Three officers were convicted of corruption-related charges Nov. 15 in the first trial stemming from the allegations.On Tuesday the council agreed with a City Attorney's Office recommendation to pay Robert Andrade and Olga Alatorre $400,000 each. That brought to 45 the number of Rampart settlements approved since April.Andrade claims disgraced former officer Rafael Perez and his ex-partner Nino Durden searched his apartment without his permission, finding cocaine and a marijuana plant.Perez, whose confessions in exchange for a lighter sentence for stealing cocaine from an evidence room exposed the scandal last year, has said he and Durden stole about $1,000 from Andrade's apartment and that parts of their arrest report were false.Andrade was later convicted of two drug charges. He served two years in prison before his conviction was overturned and he was deported in April. According to the City Attorney's Office, Andrade's mother died during his incarceration and he was unable to attend her funeral.Alatorre, who says she was illegally searched by Perez, was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to four years in prison. She ended up serving almost three years before she was released and deported to Mexico.Complete Title: Los Angeles City Council OKs Two More Police Corruption SettlementsSource: Modesto Bee, The (CA)Published: Thursday, December 14, 2000Copyright: 2000 The Modesto BeeContact: letters modbee.comWebsite: Police Archives Articles - Rampart
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Comment #2 posted by dddd on December 14, 2000 at 16:41:19 PT
31 mil
And this is just the beginning.I wonder if these cops who did this will be required to pay restitution to the city?Better yet,I think forfeiture of everything they own would be justifiable,when you consider the lives they ruined.I would like to see some nice "zero tolerance",and mandatory minimums for crooked cops....dddd
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on December 14, 2000 at 16:04:19 PT
The high cost prohibition
Prohibition breads corruption. There can't be one without the other.Since we're moving into a recession the anti's might have to re-think their strategy or else they'll bankrupt the system -- their system.
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