City Council Votes 12-0 For Regulation

LAPD Revives Anti-Discrimination Rules

The Los Angeles Police Department will revive long dormant anti-discrimination laws.

The city council initiated move comes ahead of a trial in which Sgt. Mitch Grobeson will ask to be reinstated to his job, which he left after two bouts of alleged discriminatory action.

In a major concession involving a 14-year-old case alleging harassment in the hiring and promotion of gays and lesbians in the Los Angeles Police Department, the City Council agreed Wednesday to reinstate policies banning discrimination.

In a 12-0 vote, the council also agreed to pay $695,000 in attorneys fees for former LAPD Sgt. Mitch Grobeson, the first openly gay police officer who won a suit in 1993 requiring the department to change its policies.
Under terms of the agreement reached Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will re-issue an executive order first released by then-Mayor Richard Riordan banning discrimination in city agencies based on sexual orientation.

The city also agreed to improve training for officers on gay and lesbian issues, change questions on background checks and develop an outreach program to various organizations to recruit new officers.

LAPD has, it’s worth mentioning, made a concerted effort in recent years to recruit gay officers, including more than a few appearances as pride parades, where gays are a dime a dozen.