Burbank City Council members and candidates in the upcoming April 9 election say they are concerned about the rising cost of defending the city against lawsuits filed by former and current police officers in recent years.
The city has spent more than $7.1 million while defending itself against the lawsuits that center around discrimination and wrongful termination, prompting some to question whether there isn’t a more cost-effective way of handling the lawsuits.
Council-elect Bob Frutos said he thinks the city should drop the appeal against former Deputy Police Chief Bill Taylor and Det. Steve Karagiosian, who’ve both been through trial and were awarded $1.3 million and $150,000 in damages, respectively.
Taylor had sued for wrongful termination and Karagiosian for racial discrimination.
“What if we lose again? How much more money are we going to keep spending in defense?” Frutos asked. “There has to be a point in time where we can’t afford to keep going this route.”