Los Angeles will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit by a veteran police officer who alleged he was retaliated against for raising concerns about other officers’ conduct in connection with a federal consent decree, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officer Reggie Dickenson who alleged that department supervisors refused to listen when he questioned whether some officers were falsifying the racial data that the consent decree requires for traffic-stop reports. Dickenson said that instead of acting on his concerns, his supervisors pursued unfounded complaints against him, raided his home and took a pair of his guns, gave him “freeway therapy” by assigning him far from his home and refused to give him back his previous assignment when he returned from hip surgery.
Dickenson, 56, has been with the LAPD for 19 years. The consent decree was approved by a federal judge in 2001 to mandate reforms after the Rampart corruption scandal in which anti-gang officers were accused of framing, beating and improperly shooting people. The decree requires the LAPD to record the ethnicity of every motorist and pedestrian stopped by its police officers. Dickenson said some officers told him they were warned by supervisors that if they continued to write field reports mostly on Latinos, it might look like racial profiling. He then saw a 290 percent increase in the number of field data reports on white pedestrian stops.