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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

City, OPS Chief Found Guilty of Di$crimination

At a time when thousands of City employees are facing layoffs and pay cuts, the City of Los Angeles will be paying out more than $1.3 million to three African American officers who were illegally passed over for promotions by the Chief of the City's second police force, the Office of Public Safety.

OPS was created to consolidate security forces in the City, an effort that would have completely dissolved the Library police, the Zoo police, the Park Rangers, and the old GSD Security police in favor of a "one-size-fits-all" juggernaut if the process had gone strictly as planned.

Upon the creation of OPS in 2002, Chief Gary Newton hired and promoted friends and coworkers who were either less qualified, unqualified, or were his biggest personal supporters. Captain Richard Musquiz, hired by Newton, was the most obvious liability. In an incident reminiscent of two recent widely-publicized police violence incidents, Musquiz had previously been found guilty of seriously beating a suspect who was detained and in handcuffs. He was fired by the City of Huntington Park for the incident and later lost his appeal in court.

Newton, himself, had allegedly been illegally promoted to chief of the Department of Recreation and Parks' Ranger unit only a little over a year earlier. When made chief, Newton had been a senior officer less than the required two years.

Gary Newton's activities as chief of OPS were far from news to City officials. The City, the Mayor, and Councilmember Wendy Greuel clearly knew the man they had chosen to run their new police force was a risk back in 2005. At that time, security officers in GSD presented a detailed letter to the City Council outlining Newton's illegal activities and questionable hiring practices. This letter formed the basis of the lawsuit settled today. Greuel allegedly admitted knowledge of the issues with Newton in discussions with private parties, union representatives, and City employees as early as 2003.

It's curious that today, Gary Newton remains firmly in place as the Chief of the Office of Public Safety. Meanwhile, Ed Boks was forced by Villaraigosa to resign as general manager of Animal Services for being found guilty in March 2009 of eerily similar activities in his prior job with the City of New York. The Office of Public Safety's Oversight Committee does meets tomorrow evening and this verdict may be discussed there.

The creation of OPS as a deadly-use-of-force agency* was the brainchild of Wendy Greuel and Jim Hahn, supposedly as an efficiency measure that the CAO claimed would save the City less than $1 million annually. In 2008-09, LA's second police force was budgeted at an incredible $27 million, a budget that has been inflated every year with little comment from the City Clowncil since the force's inception.

The City can now add $1.3 million to OPS's total financial burden. Then add the outcome of the impending lawsuits to recover court costs and attorneys' fees. Now that's efficiency, LA City Clowncil-style.

So what's the over/under that our new City Controller will do an impartial audit of OPS anytime soon? At least Mayor Sam knows where Antonio can get some more police officers real cheap.

*OPS officers are definitely armed. Although OPS has some
unarmed security officers, the office is a POST-accredited
armed agency patrolling the Zoo, parks, libraries,
and public buildings. They are authorized to use

deadly force under specific circumstances.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is out of the Mayor's Office Public Safety NOT LAPD

June 03, 2009 7:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are OPS the guys in those phony looking LAPD cars? I usually see them parked in front of schools. Can they arrest you, pull you over for speeding, etc?

June 03, 2009 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:44, they can arrest you, pull you over for speeding, etc.

June 03, 2009 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big deal. I blame villaraigosa. end of story.

June 03, 2009 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. Ed Boks was the General Manager of Animal Services not the Zoo.

2. Facilites such as the Zoo, Library, and Convention Center are patrolled by unarmed OPS Security Officers; the parks and other facilities are patrolled by OPS Police Officers. (There is a difference)

June 03, 2009 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

910=Jim Bickert

June 03, 2009 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Jim Bickert? Should I care?

June 03, 2009 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i've seen armed office public safety dudes at the library. happens. seen em ticketing speeders near echo park too.

June 03, 2009 9:47 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Zoo-Animal Services has been corrected.

Thank you 9:10.

June 03, 2009 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So like I am confused here.

We have a 2nd police force?
Since when?
What the ****?
How did that happen?
What does LAPD think about this?
It's run by a racist who is costing me, us, lots of money?
What do these clowns do anyway?
Who do they answer to?
How are they evaluated?
Geeezes. You give the clowncils an inch and they clean out your bank accoutn.

June 03, 2009 1:15 PM  

Anonymous sgt said:

Herd oops has a sergent whose disabled, got full disability when he was with the rangers in parks. never had to do work but paid alot. but now hes been cured somehow and is a sergent ordiering around oops police wit no disability. how can i get free money like that? isnt that fraud?

June 03, 2009 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't be suprised...What do you expect from city hall door shakers!!!


June 03, 2009 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 03, 2009 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That oversight committee is a joke. handpicked goons who rubberstamp everything. don't look for anything real at today's meetig.

June 04, 2009 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 05, 2009 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Jury in the Civil Case against Gary Newton for Racial Discrimination appartnely didn't find much "Bogus/Fiction" during the presentation of Evidence in the case aginst Newton.

So apparently the primary evidence that was presented by the other side was more convincing than whatever evidence that Newton and the City of Los angeles was able to present in this "Racial Discrimination Case."

Please explain?????????

June 11, 2009 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, here's some "proof", this case was heard by a "JUDGE", NOT a "JURY"! So to REPEAT, "BOGUS"/"FICTIONAL" info here!

Maybe Chief Newton's decision's were based on the "MERIT'S" of the employee(s)?? But that probably won't be discussed here......

Or better yet, maybe this was the cause of the chiefs inability/lack of attention to "LEAD FROM THE FRONT"!!

Or maybe "MONEY" is just more important to "RIGHT A WRONG"!!


June 13, 2009 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So even more Proof than I expected. A Judge who truly understands the application of the Law as it would apply in a complaint of this nature "Racial Discrimination," is who made the ruling. So you're shitting me when you say that a Judge ruled in favor of "Bogus"/Fictional" Racial Discrimination Law Suite. Enough is enough, it's time for the City to part ways with Newton the former "Lynwood Viking." And who is the admitted Pup from the "Stony Boy's," that he hired. Birds of a fether flock together. He's keeping them close to the nest.

June 13, 2009 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Name one thing the "chosen few" in GSD Stupervision have accomplished for the City or for the Officers of the Dept?? Nothing but law suits, complaints and unethical behavior!!

These people are uneducated, inexperienced and now are paying the price for not following established principles of Police work that have taken this career field 100's of years and the loss of precious Officers to learn.

Read the history of the 'shot callers' promoted by the Thief I mean Chief of OPS...The only reason these Sgt's and Lt's are in place is because they are week and submissive!!! Way to go LA!!!

June 14, 2009 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only merits the OOPS GSD Command Staff show is blind ambition to their personal causes due to all of their failures personal and professional...let’s talk about that Mr. "Think"

June 14, 2009 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More bull on this blog.The truth is only one of those black officers was actually qualified, and should have been promoted. The other so called victims have their own issues. They should be real happy they got over on that judge. I hope that money buys them a clue

June 23, 2009 7:10 PM  

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