City of Los Angeles to pay out $30 million for LAPD civil rights violations

On Wednesday, Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay nearly $13 million to people injured or mistreated in a 2007 May Day melee in MacArthur Park–bringing the total money spent over the last two weeks to settle lawsuits alleging LAPD misconduct to more than $30 million.
However, the L.A. Daily News reports that up until Wednesday’s announcement, the amount of money the City of Los Angeles has paid in lawsuits against the Los Angeles Police Department dropped over 90 percent between 2000 and 2008. The Daily News also has a database of nearly 1,600 LAPD lawsuits. The highlights? Two $950,000 settlements for 1999 and 2004 civil rights violations as well as $900,000 settlement in a 2004 sexual harassment case. The database can be found here.

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