We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
The City of Los Angeles has agreed to pay a hefty sum of dinero to Los Angeles Police Sergeant Wayne Guillary to settle a discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
Guillary, a 35-year veteran of the LAPD, sued the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD back in September of 2015 alleging among other things that because he spoke before the Police Commission informing them of the now infamous “Ghost Cars” scandal he was discriminated against, unfairly harassed and denied the opportunity to move up in the Department.
“Ghost Cars” was the scheme perpetrated by LAPD command staff and pushed into the divisions throughout the city whereby patrol divisions would have people log into squad car computers to make it appear that people were on patrol, when they really were not. Guillary reported that his boss and a familiar subject to my readers, Captain III Jeffry Bert (now Commander) also used “Ghost Cars.”
Sergeant Guillary was well known for addressing racism in the Department, particularly in the Northeast Division where he was Watch Commander under the command of Captain’s Bert and Captain Anthony Oddo. The LAPD’s Northeast Division includes Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Franklin Hills, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Mount Washington, Silver Lake and Solano Canyon.
Guillary filed a complaint with the Office of Discrimination for Complaint Resolution (“ODCR”) against Bert.
Although these complaints are supposed to be confidential, the LAPD somehow found out and Internal Affairs interviewed Guillary about it. Funny how that happens.
Guillary also spoke out against Chief Charlie Beck’s handling of officer Shaun Hillman.
Hillman is a white officer who had made a racial slur against African-Americans at a bar off-duty. High-ranking police officials recommended that Hillman be fired, and the disciplinary Board of Rights panel agreed. However, Chief Beck decided otherwise, sparing the career of an officer whose father and uncle worked for the LAPD by sending him on a mini vacay.
The lawsuit also contends that Sergeant Guillary was further retaliated against after he identified what he believed to be violations of state and federal law including falsifying police documents and police reports and other crimes—he paid the price dearly. For one year he worked his 12 hour shifts without any work, duties or responsibility.
You can read the entire lawsuit here.
On June 13, 2016 Deputy City Attorney Jenna B. Galas executed a settlement agreement for what I am told is in the high hundreds of thousands. On July 25, the City Council is expected to approve it.
Guillory officially retired from the LAPD on June 30 with a nice bonus check for all of his troubles.
Commander Bert, sadly, remains on the job.