Audit: LA pays out millions in lawsuits by police

TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles paid out about $110 million in jury awards and settlements for lawsuits brought by police officers against the department over six years ending in June 2012.

The finding was detailed in an audit report released Friday by the Los Angeles Police Commission’s inspector general. It comes after multiple big figure payouts in cases brought by LAPD officers against the department.

The analysis doesn’t include worker’s compensation cases and focuses on the $31 million paid out in employment liability cases, or those involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation. It cost the city nearly $43 million to litigate these cases. Meanwhile, payouts rose almost every year.

Recommendations include that the department implement a mediation program to reduce the numbers of lawsuits proceeding to settlement or trial.

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