40 Dismissed LAPD Cops Want Cases Reviewed After Dorner

Source: Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times

In the wake of Christopher Dorner‘s claim that his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department was a result of corruption and bias, Chief Charlie Beck vowed to reexamine the cases of former officers who believed they had been wrongly expelled from the force.

Forty officers have come forward asking department officials to review their cases, but now LAPD officials are saying their power to review the cases is limited.

In letters to those wishing to have their cases reviewed, department officials explain that the city’s charter, which spells out the authority granted to various public officials, prevents the police chief from opening new disciplinary proceedings for an officer fired more than three years ago.

“Therefore the Department does not have the power to reinstate officers whose terminations occurred more than three years ago,” wrote Gerald Chaleff, the LAPD’s special assistant for constitutional policing. “You are being informed of this to forestall any misconceptions about the power of the department.”

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