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Federal Judge Demands LAPD Gang & Narcotic Cops Disclose Finances: Internet Video (11 min)


Los Angeles, CA. According to Hank Hernandez, chief legal counsel of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the City of Los Angeles entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the police union four years ago. Now the City is attempting to change the agreement that was negotiated in good faith. Hernandez says the Police Commission’s vote to require gang and narcotic officers to disclose their personal finances is “unacceptable.”

The FULL DISCLOSURE NETWORK® presents an exclusive eleven minute Video News Blog featuring Hernandez, a former LAPD Lt. who has served for over 20 years as the legal counsel to the police union. The video is available here:

Hernandez says that the officers impacted by the disclosure rules are Gang and Narcotic officers who handle contraband and cash in the course of their assignments. The disclosure requirements were mandated by the Federal Consent Decree, approved by Judge Gary Fees, then former Mayor James Hahn and now being implemented by the current Villaraigosa appointed Police Commission:

* List of assets, investments and liabilities, even if jointly owned.
* Proof of bank accounts and mortgages with statements.
* Individual financial disclosures to be reviewed and questioned.
* Positions could be denied based upon the review.

In the Video Hank Hernandez also details how the LAPPL is advising the officers whether or not to comply and suggests the perils when an employer requires employees to turn over their personal information.

Viewers are asked to participate in an online opinion survey and to post their comments for discussion. Here are the survey questions:

1) Elected officials don’t have personal financial disclosure requirements. Should police officers?
2) Do you think the financial disclosure requirement will deter quality officers from working gang or narcotics units?
3) Or do you think the Federal Consent Decree has gone too far?

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 Financial Disclosure
 Police Reform
 Federal Consent Decree
 Police Corruption
 LAPD Gang & Narcotic Cops

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