LAPD consent decree to get 2nd look

A Federal judge in Los Angeles is reviewing a consent decree that was approved by the City Council to settle a class-action, gender-bias lawsuit filed by 81 police officers, who charged that the Police Department “engaged in or tolerated severe and pervasive sexual harassment and sexual assaults” against its female employees.

In a unexpected move, U.S. District Judge William Keller on Nov. 14 assumed control over the case, Tipton-Whittingham v. City of Los Angeles, shortly after Federal magistrate Rosalyn M. Chapman said she would sign the settlement once attorneys for the city and the plaintiffs had done so.

The City Council approved some of the provisions of the settlement on Nov. 1  four days before California voters went to the polls and approved Proposition 209, which bans preferential hiring in the public sector that is based solely on race and gender.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Jan 31, 1997. 
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