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A Burbank official goes on the attack over those police lawsuits

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Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove —Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters.

In a recent Los Angeles Times story about the FBI probe and those lawsuits filed by former and current members of the Burbank Police Force, Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow had very little to say. City Attorney Barlow is quoted as saying he “… was unable to comment on the FBI investigation or the lawsuits against the city and Police Department, citing pending litigation.” Barlow may be mum, but another major player in the Burbank City Attorney’s Office has had plenty to say about those lawsuits which allege a pattern of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and misconduct in the BPD.

On this blog last Wednesday, we first heard about Assistant City Attorney Juli Scott’s harangue from one of our regular commenters. “Stretch” said, “… Juli Scott was recently giving “sexual harrasment” training at the police department. In front of 75 or so officers she starts to talk about the lawsuits and how they are all BS. It is reported that Scott continues her rant and says the city will fight these suits and if they lose they will appeal them at all cost. Then they will seek damages against the complaining officers. Cost to who…not you Juli..just the taxpayers.” Burbank blogger Jim Carlile picked up the story as well.

I have confirmed from a Burbank police employee who was at that training session, on Monday, September 28, that Attorney Scott put on quite a performance. The employee might become a target of retaliation, so I’m not going to include a name or gender. The employee described the tirade by Scott as being filled with “cheap shots.”  According to the employee, Scott said, “… they don’t settle frivolous lawsuits that they will fight cases and have them overturned on appeal and then make the plaintiffs pay for their legal fees, etc.”  Also, my source confirmed an officer who has filed one of those lawsuits was in the audience and was possibly the main target of Scott’s verbal assault.

In the statement read by Mayor Gary Bric at the City Council meeting last Tuesday, with the approval of his fellow council members, Bric referred to the lawsuits and claims as “… very serious allegations and I think it is clear to everyone that the police department is facing some major challenges.”  A very different tone from that of a lawyer in the City Attorney’s Office who called the lawsuits frivolous and threatened the officers who filed them with reprisals. Interestingly, the official city statement from the Burbank Public Information Office described the lawsuit filed by Former Deputy Police Chief Bill Taylor as “frivolous,” too.

All of this makes you wonder who really speaks for the city of Burbank and who is in charge of the direction it is taking with these lawsuits and investigations. The mixed signals from city officials suggest a crisis in leadership along with the other problems now facing Burbank and its citizens.

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13 Responses to A Burbank official goes on the attack over those police lawsuits

  1. Tim Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Yes a clear crisis in leadership is the problem. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand did.

    I suspect that there are more problems in Burbank than just what we are hearing about in the Police Department.

    A leadership crisis can’t just be in one department I am now thinking it’s in every department.

    Don’t all city employees get the same “sexual harrasment” training as one example ?

  2. Going Nuts Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Nice reporting Fronnie. You won’t find that one on the front page of the Leader!

  3. Fronnie Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Tim, Going Nuts,

    Sorry you had to wade through a ton of technical errors to comment here today. My web host had some serious server problems over the past few days and hopefully by now they have been solved.

    Oh, Going Nuts, thanks for the post compliment as well.

  4. BF Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    This video reminds us of the real victim in all these things, it’s big government!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVkT3FUZDFs

  5. Member of the Sag Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Fronnie this employee who gave you the information believes that they might be a target for retaliation ?

    How could that be in wonderfull Burbank ?

    This city has been controlled by a few people for years simply through threats and intimidation. I have heard that for years.

  6. Fronnie Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Member of the Sag,

    Yes, I am hearing more and more about threats, harassment, and intimidation in Burbank city government. Very disappointing. City officials need to do something about this now and not later.

  7. Ann Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I remember being shocked when I read the threats in emails from the Maor to Jim Carlile.

    The city officials are the ones who issue the threats and that’s why they don’t speak out and put an end to them.

  8. Ann Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    By the way I assume this story is true if they say they have this training session on tape.

    This is terrible!!!

  9. Buzzie Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    I wonder if the mayor will annouce he plans to do a through investigation of these training sessions.

    I am not holding my breathe.

  10. The Vampire Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Manny is into saying wait and see. I am starting to think what we will see is those investigating all of this being the real focus of an investigation. Starting with this mayor those incharge sould be investigated.

  11. DixieFlyer Monday, October 5, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    Some folks believe that Juli SCOTT wrote a four page press release about Bill Taylor’s claims, then the new guy from Oklahoma actually toned it down to one page and cut some of her venom out. As we know, SCOTT works for BARLOW, PR works for FLAD. They all seem to play to GOLONSKI for approval.

  12. Jon Monday, October 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    It has been obvious forever that all of them at city hall work for Golonski. Come on how many times do you really need to hear those famous words ‘echo Dave’ lol

  13. Incognito Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Just so that we are ALL very clear and I personally understand this correctly.

    Juli Scott from the City Attorney’s is conducting a “sexual harassment training”, which suffice it to say, should include any type of harassment and she proceeds with her Rage! In front of other officer’s and one of the police officers that is included in the lawsuit. Where is the tape from that session and how many people will have the integrity to stand up for this injustice.

    To this I say to you, her head should roll immediately!!! What part of the lawsuit’s is she not understanding or did she fall asleep during that particular class in law school.

    The leadership in this community is clearly flawed and we as citizens should start thinking about impeaching those in office, they are not above the law.

    The city council should have gotten an ear full by now, what are they doing to apologize to the officer and reprimanding Juli.

    Juli did you forget some how that we pay your salary and for a long time you have been more of a detriment than an asset? You need to be ousted immediately.

    You have clearly made this police officers case by showing your true colors in front of 75 people. I hope they take you down.

    Management, what are you going to do to control these folks that feel they are above reproach and retaliate with regard.

    Fronnie, once again THANK YOU for keeping on top of this you are an exceptional reporter. Who is seeking for truth and justice.

    Citizens, please open your eyes, our city is drowning with the leaders we have and at the rate they are spending on attorneys we won’t have a budget to run the city.

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