Sgt. Ronald Crump, formerly of the Los Angeles Police Department, has won the final leg of a legal battle that began in 2009 when he filed a complaint against his supervisor for making derogatory comments about his sexuality. Sgt. Crump was one of many openly gay police officers.
During the period of 2009 - 2011 Sgt. Crump was harassed and shuffled around various departments in an attempt to force him to quit, and drop the charges against his supervisor.
The city was at one time offered to settle the lawsuit with Sgt. Crump for only $100,000, but that offer was declined. Later city representatives regretted their decision, being forced to pay an award of 15-times higher.
The City Council of Los Angeles voted Tuesday evening to approve the $1.5 million settlement, in a vote of 9 to 2, according to sott.net. Councilman Dennis Zine was among those dissenting and said, "This sends the wrong message to the department and the public. I don't think this is an appropriate expenditure just for some comments made to him."
As a part of the settlement agreement Sgt. Crump agreed to voluntarily resign from the LAPD.
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