LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of former Los Angeles Police Department officers who asked to have reviews of their terminations in the wake of the Christopher Dorner case may have little to no chance of getting their jobs back.
Chief Charlie Beck said the city’s charter prohibits him from reinstating cops who were fired more than three years ago.
Gary Ingemunson, an attorney for the police officer’s union, said although the charter doesn’t stop Beck from correcting a wrong, it eliminates a large portion of people who want their cases re-examined.
So far, 69 fired cops cases have been submitted for review, according to Cmdr. Andrew Smith.
They received a letter from Beck Monday about how to proceed with their appeals process.
“I think we’re always about doing things better if we found that we’ve done something wrong in the past. We’ve reviewed cases randomly,” said Smith.
In February, Dorner alleged he was unjustly fired by the LAPD’s Board of Rights in a rambling online manifesto.
He later killed four people before taking his own life.
In the police union’s monthly newsletter, Ingemunson wrote that the Board of Rights system could be fair. However, he said, “The department wants to win. End of story.”
Smith said, “About 60 percent of the people who get sent to the Board of Rights don’t get fired. Six out of 10 get a lesser penalty, and one out of 10 is found not guilty. It’s not a slam dunk at all.”