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NEWS
By Maria Hsin | January 17, 2012
Burbank's Police Commission plans to iron out details of a major part of its oversight role Wednesday as part of the city's response to federal and county investigations into the department. Specifically, the commission will discuss ways to ensure the Police Department's 2011 Strategic Plan - which addresses cultural issues within the department, among other things - is working and its goals are being met. As part of that plan, the City Council last year agreed to bring on Michael Gennaco to oversee how police handle a variety of cases, including allegations of excessive force.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 1, 2013
A second former Burbank police officer's firing was questioned this week by an independent arbitrator, who ruled in an advisory decision that the officer fired for alleged misconduct during the Porto's robbery investigation, which cost 10 officers their jobs , shouldn't have been terminated, officials confirmed.  The officer was identified by multiple sources as Chris Canales, a former Los Angeles police officer who joined the Burbank force...
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | March 20, 2010
A black police officer does not have a discrimination case against the Burbank Police Department, a judge ruled Thursday, dismissing Jamal Childs as a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by five minority officers in May. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell does not affect the other four plaintiffs, who allege numerous instances of race- and gender-based bias, harassment and retaliation, and that the department allowed...
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | April 24, 2010
DOWNTOWN ? Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse this week announced the appointment of a veteran Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant to serve as his patrol captain, following a recently approved policy allowing outside recruits. Capt. Mike Albanese, 60, a 37-year veteran of the LAPD, served as officer-in-charge of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit before his retirement in December 2008. The appointment comes about a month after LaChasse named Tom Angel, a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff?
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
Twenty months into the job as police chief, Burbank's top cop continues working to modernize a department besieged by lawsuits and investigations into misconduct and excessive use of force by the FBI and Los Angeles County sheriff's department. Now, Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse says the department continues to make strides as it works through an updated plan for internal changes. The City Council is slated to review the final version in the coming weeks as City Hall continues to identify its work priorities for the coming year.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | February 19, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A private investigator hired by the city to probe allegations of misconduct within the Burbank Police Department is expected to submit his final report in the coming week, officials said Tuesday. City officials said they expect to spend the next several weeks poring over confidential information gathered by investigator James Gardiner, a retired police chief hired by the city as it grappled with a federal investigation into allegations of excessive force by officers and five lawsuits filed by eight current and former officers.
NEWS
January 6, 2010
City Manager Mike Flad is expected to name a permanent police chief in July to succeed interim Scott LaChasse. Meanwhile, four lawsuits by eight current and former members of the Police Department will make their way through the legal system as the city awaits the potential fallout of the FBI?s probe into excessive force by officers. ? High rises in Glendale and Burbank remain riddled with empty floors as vacancy rates approached 20% in each city during 2009. City officials and brokers are working to attract new tenants at a time when few businesses are expanding, but an oversupply of empty office space could put downward pressure on prices and create trouble for owners of new properties who remain on the hook for hefty construction loans.
NEWS
August 17, 2002
Ryan Carter Several allegations, including excessive force and assault, have been dismissed in a civil lawsuit filed by convicted serial rapist and former Glendale resident Daniel Zabuski against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Zabuski, 42, was arrested by Burbank Police in April 2000 after a Burbank woman he met over the Internet claimed he attacked and sexually assaulted her in her hotel room. Zabuski was convicted in February of six felony counts, including rape and forcible sodomy against three women he met over the Internet.
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