40 LAPD Officers Want Dismissal Cases Reopened

Christopher Dorner's claims of bias in LAPD have caused former cops to speak up about their own cases. 

Posted: 04/30/2013 11:00 AM EDT
LAPD Officers Wants Dismissal Cases Reopened, Christopher Dorner

The deadly manhunt of Christopher Dorner in February left many to question how his actions would impact the future of the LAPD.

The ex-LAPD officer killed three people in February after claims of facing years of racism and corruption in the department. Dorner is believed to have been killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February after a standoff with police in Bear Bear.  

Since his death, 40 former officers have requested that their dismissal cases be reviewed in the wake of Dorner's manifesto, which exposed the LAPD's bias, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Even though many do not agree with Dorner's killings, it has still urged Chief Charlie Beck to look into reviewing these cases as many believe Dorner's claims were accurate.

Christopher Dorner was stripped of his LAPD badge on Jan. 2, 2009, after the police department’s disciplinary board decided he made false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans, who he accused of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007.

The Los AngelesTimes reports:

Fired officers who wish to have their terminations re-examined must first submit an affidavit or similar declaration within two months of receiving the letter from Chaleff, according to a copy obtained by The Times. The letter was sent in recent weeks to the former officers who have already come forward.

Using "clear and convincing language," the letter instructs ex-officers to explain "the new evidence or change in circumstances that would justify a re-examination of your termination."

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Chaleff will conduct a review for anyone who follows the rules laid out in the letter. "We will do whatever it takes on the cases, including redoing interviews, if necessary," he wrote in an email.

The department and the Protective League declined to release the names of former officers who have requested reviews.

Gary Ingemunson, a longtime attorney for the League, used the case reviews as an opportunity to revive the League's perennial criticism that disciplinary hearings, called Boards of Rights, are stacked against officers.

"The Board of Rights system could be fair, but for the last few years the Department has consistently outdone itself in the attempt to completely skew the system against the officer. The Department wants to win. End of story," Ingemunson wrote in a column in the current issue of the union's monthly magazine.

Officers filing cases older than three years will not be reviewed.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

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