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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 14, 2012
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Burbank police detective that a federal three-judge appellate court panel dismissed in August. Oral arguments in the case filed by Angelo Dahlia are set for March 18 in San Francisco, where an 11-judge panel will hear his claims that he was pushed out of the police department after he relayed alleged instances of misconduct made by fellow officers in the aftermath of a robbery in 2007.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 21, 2010
Muffled discussions about "restoring confidence in the police department" filled a room in the Community Services Building on Wednesday during a public forum. The moderator, Lee Wochner, had a captive audience during introductions of police commissioners and police representatives, but voices rose in volume after the meeting veered from the agenda and moved from introductions to the State of the Police Department by Chief Scott LaChasse. During the much-anticipated public comment period, 13 audience members stepped up to the microphone and relayed a wide range of comments, from harassment complaints, requests for increased cooperation with neighborhood watches, claims of being followed and desires for moving forward after several independent probes into alleged police misconduct.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 9, 2009
CITY HALL – Against the backdrop of waning support from rank-and-file officers and a frustrated City Council, Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Monday announced his intent to retire effective Dec. 31. The announcement came less than a week after City Councilman David Gordon called on his colleagues to direct the city manager to place Stehr on administrative leave amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 10, 2012
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a claim filed by a former Burbank police detective alleging that his 1st Amendment rights were violated when he spoke out about police misconduct. But while the three-judge panel for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in Angelo Dahlia's case, they expressed uncertainties about the law that it was based on. The lower district court decision was based on a ruling from the 9th Circuit, Huppert v. City of Pittsburg , in which an officer participated in a police corruption investigation and then notified the FBI. The case “determines the scope of a police officer's professional duties as a matter of California law in the 1st Amendment retaliation context,” according to the ruling.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 17, 2009
DOWNTOWN – Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who went on to serve as vice president of security and emergency services at Paramount Pictures Corp., has been named interim police chief for Burbank. LaChasse, who is expected to take over the Police Department Jan. 7, last held the rank of deputy chief, where he commanded nearly 1,600 personnel in South Los Angeles. He takes over a department coping with external probes into police misconduct and several lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 11, 2013
The Burbank City Council authorized a petition Tuesday to appeal a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a former Burbank police detective can sue the city for allegedly placing him on administrative leave for disclosing police misconduct. In a 3-1 vote behind closed doors, in which Councilman David Gordon was the sole dissenter, the council signed off on plans to petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Councilman Jess Talamantes was absent. In August, an 11-judge panel ruled that Angelo Dahlia was protected by the First Amendment when he alleged misconduct by officers in the wake of a 2007 robbery at Porto's Bakery in Burbank.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 6, 2013
A judge has put off ruling on the city's motion to dismiss a former Burbank police officer's wrongful termination lawsuit, saying she needs more time to evaluate the case. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Donna Fields Goldstein had been slated to issue a ruling Wednesday on a lawsuit filed by Pete Allen, a former officer who was fired three years ago after he lied to internal investigators about officer misconduct stemming from the 2007 Porto's robbery investigation. Carol Humiston, Burbank's senior assistant city attorney, argued Wednesday that the lawsuit should be dismissed under a state law that protects the rights of employees to petition or participate in free speech, such as an internal affairs investigation.
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By Christopher Cadelago | November 10, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr on Tuesday said his decision to step down at year’s end was in the best interest of the city and police force. On Monday, Stehr announced his intent to retire effective Dec. 31 amid an FBI investigation into police misconduct and a growing stack of lawsuits against the city. “I am truly looking after the interests of the city and the department to do the right thing,” Stehr said Tuesday. “In light of all the incidents that have occurred, and the controversies that are occurring, I may be a hindrance at this time for the department moving forward and I am doing it for that reason.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 12, 2009
CITY HALL — A former federal prosecutor and police department reformer have been hired to assist with litigation and policy issues involving the Burbank Police Department, city officials said Thursday. Former U.S. Atty. in Los Angeles Debra Wong Yang, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and Merrick Bobb, director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, were brought on board as officials prepare to name an interim replacement to the outgoing police chief. Tim Stehr last month announced his intent to retire by year’s end as the city continues to weather a growing stack of lawsuits and external probes into police misconduct.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 11, 2013
The Burbank City Council authorized a petition Tuesday to appeal a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a former Burbank police detective can sue the city for allegedly placing him on administrative leave for disclosing police misconduct. In a 3-1 vote behind closed doors, in which Councilman David Gordon was the sole dissenter, the council signed off on plans to petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Councilman Jess Talamantes was absent. In August, an 11-judge panel ruled that Angelo Dahlia was protected by the First Amendment when he alleged misconduct by officers in the wake of a 2007 robbery at Porto's Bakery in Burbank.
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August 21, 2013
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled a former Burbank police detective can sue the city for allegedly placing him on administrative leave for disclosing abuse against suspects by fellow officers. The court's 11-judge panel also ruled that Angelo Dahlia was protected by the First Amendment when he reported alleged misconduct by officers in the aftermath of a 2007 robbery at Porto's Bakery in Burbank. Days after disclosing the abuse to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators, Dahlia was placed on administrative leave.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 6, 2013
A judge has put off ruling on the city's motion to dismiss a former Burbank police officer's wrongful termination lawsuit, saying she needs more time to evaluate the case. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Donna Fields Goldstein had been slated to issue a ruling Wednesday on a lawsuit filed by Pete Allen, a former officer who was fired three years ago after he lied to internal investigators about officer misconduct stemming from the 2007 Porto's robbery investigation. Carol Humiston, Burbank's senior assistant city attorney, argued Wednesday that the lawsuit should be dismissed under a state law that protects the rights of employees to petition or participate in free speech, such as an internal affairs investigation.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 14, 2012
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Burbank police detective that a federal three-judge appellate court panel dismissed in August. Oral arguments in the case filed by Angelo Dahlia are set for March 18 in San Francisco, where an 11-judge panel will hear his claims that he was pushed out of the police department after he relayed alleged instances of misconduct made by fellow officers in the aftermath of a robbery in 2007.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 21, 2012
Claiming a federal appellate court's dismissal of a former Burbank police detective's lawsuit will have a “powerful chilling effect” on future whistleblowers, a consumer rights advocacy group on Tuesday asked the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the ruling. The nonprofit group Public Citizen joined attorneys for the former detective, Angelo Dahlia, in petitioning the full court for a rehearing because the ruling involves whistleblowing and 1st Amendment rights for public employees, which plaintiff attorneys called issues of “exceptional importance.” Dahlia claims he was pushed out of the department after he relayed instances of misconduct made by fellow officers in the aftermath of a robbery in 2007 - a claim that was dismissed by a lower court, and subsequently by a three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 10, 2012
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a claim filed by a former Burbank police detective alleging that his 1st Amendment rights were violated when he spoke out about police misconduct. But while the three-judge panel for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in Angelo Dahlia's case, they expressed uncertainties about the law that it was based on. The lower district court decision was based on a ruling from the 9th Circuit, Huppert v. City of Pittsburg , in which an officer participated in a police corruption investigation and then notified the FBI. The case “determines the scope of a police officer's professional duties as a matter of California law in the 1st Amendment retaliation context,” according to the ruling.
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By Dan Evans | July 29, 2012
Burbank Police Officer Randy Lloyd went flying over his motorcycle's handlebars in November 2003, his tires slipping on the rubberized apron of the railroad tracks made slick by light rain. The Nov. 15 crash near the corner of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard would send him to the hospital, and he would take eight months to recuperate. But Lloyd first had a job to do. He had heard the cries - wails, really - for help, understood officers were involved in a firefight at the Burbank Ramada, and knew it was bad. Really bad. “I considered running for it,” he said, referring to the hotel about a quarter-mile away.
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By Joe Piasecki | September 28, 2010
Note: This is the first of a two-part series. More than a year-and-a-half after Scott Schaffer's release from a 13-month prison sentence for pleading guilty to trading guns for drugs with street-gang affiliates — a conspiracy he maintains he did not commit — the former Burbank cab company owner and City Hall socialite turned pariah found himself back in a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom Monday, this time over allegations he...
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 21, 2010
Muffled discussions about "restoring confidence in the police department" filled a room in the Community Services Building on Wednesday during a public forum. The moderator, Lee Wochner, had a captive audience during introductions of police commissioners and police representatives, but voices rose in volume after the meeting veered from the agenda and moved from introductions to the State of the Police Department by Chief Scott LaChasse. During the much-anticipated public comment period, 13 audience members stepped up to the microphone and relayed a wide range of comments, from harassment complaints, requests for increased cooperation with neighborhood watches, claims of being followed and desires for moving forward after several independent probes into alleged police misconduct.
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By Christopher Cadelago | March 30, 2010
DOWNTOWN — An outside investigation into the Burbank Police Department that included allegations of excessive use of force has begun to yield officer discipline notices that could lead to termination. The notices, which come attached with possible disciplinary measures for corresponding misconduct allegations, represent the first significant fallout of the outside investigation initiated by the city nearly a year ago. Officers who have received the notices still have the ability to challenge the findings in a meeting with Police Chief Scott LaChasse, which are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
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