The Los Angeles Police Chief’s Resignation Could Be a Sign of a Civil Suit

Is She the New Queen of Los Angeles? Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. “BUD” Barboza recently announced that the city’s top investigative officer, Chief Ron hermann, would resign at the end of the…

The Los Angeles Police Chief’s Resignation Could Be a Sign of a Civil Suit

Is She the New Queen of Los Angeles?

Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. “BUD” Barboza recently announced that the city’s top investigative officer, Chief Ron hermann, would resign at the end of the year. Hermann, who has been the head of the LAPD for 18 years, had been under fire for a pair of investigations into potential corruption within the department. On January 7, Hermann announced his resignation after only six months on the job, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, but Barboza has taken this as a sign that Hermann is going to leave in March or earlier. The New York Times reports that the city has been in contact with Hermann and his attorney has been offering to provide him with a $1 million settlement if he refuses to leave.

At this point, Hermann may have to decide whether or not to pursue a lawsuit in order to get out of the department. A civil suit can also be used as a mechanism for appealing to public outrage, giving Hermann a possible opportunity to appeal to the public’s consciousness about the failures of his department.

As we will see, Barboza’s move is particularly surprising given that the police commissioner is already making moves to bring in non-white officers to the force. However, the move could make sense for a number of reasons. First, Barboza will be able to use the public’s anger and frustration with the department as a catalyst to show that he is making changes. If the public agrees with his change, then he can show his support by hiring more minority police officers. However, if the public doesn’t like the changes that he is making, then it will make it harder for him to gain public support. In the end, Barboza could be trying to find an even playing field by recruiting as many of his officers as possible to the department.

In the end, the move could be motivated by the fact that Barboza was already facing a potential lawsuit for refusing to hire an African-American officer to lead the LAPD. This is a sign that he realizes that the public is more sensitive about minority hiring and the public would not be as willing to accept additional minority hires as long as he is dealing with the issue of the police department under fire.

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