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Los Angeles Times does investigative story on the turmoil in the Burbank Police Department

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In the Los Angeles Times print edition and on its website today an extensive report about the troubled Burbank Police Department. The report covers quite a bit of territory from the allegations of suspect beatings, racial discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and those federal investigations into possible misconduct in the Burbank PD.

The allegations, lawsuits, and scandal have taken a heavy toll on the department. The Times says, “The Burbank force has been so bitterly divided by the accusations that newly appointed interim Chief Scott LaChasse, who this year replaced Chief Tim Stehr, asked psychologists to help him sort through the morass and come up with a corrective plan.”

Also in the Times’ report, some new details surrounding the suicide of Burbank Police Sergeant Neil Thomas Gunn Sr. on October 29, 2009. Sgt. Gunn left two notes in his truck before taking his own life, according to the Times. One note from Gunn reportedly said, “This is absolutely work related.” Click here to read the story. 

On this blog, I have been covering the recent problems and controversies plaguing the Burbank Police Department since last spring. Click here for those posts.  

UPDATE: 3/15/10

Over on Jim Carlile’s blog today, a heated discussion about the Times’ article; among the topics, what was left out of the report and speculation the newspaper was pressured to water down its story.

Also, I’m hearing more media reports are in the works about the Burbank PD.

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4 Responses to Los Angeles Times does investigative story on the turmoil in the Burbank Police Department

  1. J Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    The LA Times is not a real source for news. They proved it once again

  2. Scott Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Read the Leader paper it’s like Burbank is shangra la where nothing bad ever happens. what a joke.

  3. Echo Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    What gets me is the Leader is all about being environmentally green but isn’t it a waste of trees to cut them down to publish that paper ?

  4. jack rose Friday, September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Im a Burbank Resident, who has recently become a victim of Burbank P.D. corruption in it’s most outrageous and serious violations of civil rights…

    Im currently fighting a criminal case that is nothing but Burbank Police corruption….I have 3 cops nailed in perjury and evidence planting and evidence tampering…My number one ? is does the Police cars of Burbank, have no video or audio in their Cars or their person….A detective has recently stated in open court that their cars and officers have absolutely no recording devices of any kind….I find that hard to believe….Burbank PD. needs to protect themselves so Im hoping someone knows they do have recording devices, like other police depart…

    Thank you for anyone who knows Burbank PD. is lying…Im going to prove in Pasadena Superior Court, that Burbank Pd..lied for no other reason than their just corrupt to the core…

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