Federal judge halts financial disclosure for LAPD officers
Daily News Wire Services
Article Last Updated: 06/13/2008 06:07:28 PM PDT
A federal judge today granted a request by the Los Angeles Police Protective League to halt implementation of a city policy that would require LAPD anti-gang and narcotics officers to disclose their personal finances.
U.S. District Judge Gary Feess agreed to the temporary restraining order and scheduled the matter for a July 7 hearing. The policy had been scheduled to take effect Sunday.
“We are gratified that the judge understood the harm that could be caused by implementing financial disclosure before the matter has had its day in court,” said LAPPL President Tim Sands.
A spokesman for the City Attorney’s Office said he could not comment on pending litigation.
The financial disclosure policy, which is intended to prevent corruption among police officers who handle confiscated cash and contraband, is required by a federal consent decree under which the Los Angeles Police Department must operate.
Under the policy, officers in anti-gang and narcotics units would be required to disclose all of their sole and jointly owned assets, liabilities and income every two years. Refusal to disclose such information would bar officers from working in those units.
The LAPD anticipated that the policy would apply to about 600 officers.
Eight years ago. the city of Los Angeles agree to have the LAPD be overseen by a court-appointed federal monitor, a move that forestalled a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that would have alleged a pattern of civil rights discrimination