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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A humorous remark from author James Ellroy gets a reaction from Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse at Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters June 4, 2013

Scott LaChasse sworn in as Burbank police chief

Finally, it’s a done deal. Under overcast skies and before a large crowd on the steps of Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters, 200 North Third Street, Police Chief Scott LaChasse was sworn in by Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by local residents, city employees, dignitaries, officials and law enforcement personnel from throughout the state. As the MC, author James Ellroy, kept the ceremony upbeat and light with his humorous quips. Ellroy is a successful crime fiction writer of novels like The Black Dahlia... Read More →

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Debate and controversy at Burbank City Council meeting

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Hall That discrimination lawsuit filed by five members of the Burbank PD last Thursday, popped up several times at the Burbank City Council meeting last night. First, it was on the written agenda as having been discussed with legal counsel earlier in the afternoon during the council’s closed session. Also seven, yes that’s right,  potential cases against the city were brought up in that behind-closed-doors discussion as well. The present lawsuit alleges a pattern of discriminatory hiring and promotional practices, harassment, retaliation and other offenses in... Read More →

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Both sides in that Burbank Police lawsuit speak out today

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters A controversial lawsuit filed by a Burbank police Lieutenant and four officers last Thursday is the talk of the town. In fact, the story is still getting a lot of exposure across the Internet and in the media. Today, the lead lawyer, whose firm filed the lawsuit, reiterated the allegations of widespread discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other misconduct in the Burbank PD at a news conference.  Attorney Solomon E. Gresen accused the Burbank PD of giving preferential treatment to white males... Read More →

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Explosive allegations against the Burbank Police Department surface in a lawsuit

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank police vehicle Like a ticking time bomb, folks in the know have been waiting for an explosion of bad news and legal trouble to hit the city of Burbank. It happened on Thursday, May 28, but the bomb, in the form of a lawsuit, came from a surprising source — several members of the city’s own police force. Late Thursday, Burbank’s top city officials were shaken up over the filing of the suit by Lieutenant Omar Rodriguez, along with officers Jamal Childs, Cindy Guillen-Gomez,... Read More →

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Burbank police facing allegations of misconduct and other problems

Burbank Police Chief Tim Stehr  Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove A cloud of uncertainty is hanging over the city of Burbank, the “Media Capital of the World.” The uncertainty is not linked to the prominent entertainment industry in town nor is it fallout from the sluggish economy. No, it’s the city’s police department, which is the focus of this negative energy. For weeks now the rumors and suspicions about allegations of police misconduct, lawsuits, indictments, and other police issues have been swirling around this San Fernando Valley city of 100,000 residents. Earlier this month, the Read More →

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