Monday, February 25, 2008

Savannah Police Chief in Midst of LAPD Discrimination Suit

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Savannah Police Chief Michael Berkow, a former deputy chief in Los Angeles, is at the center of a lesbian's suit against the department.

"I told Deputy Chief Berkow that I had experienced discrimination at Wilshire and that I could provide names," Feldmeier states in court papers. "I was crying as I sat in his office and described the work environment at Wilshire."

Berkow appeared uninterested, according to Feldmeier."He said that sexual orientation discrimination isn't an issue in today's LAPD," Feldmeier states.

Still, Berkow promised to investigate, according to Feldmeier, but did not keep his promise."I believe that LAPD sat on my complaints of discrimination and harassment and failed to conduct a reasonable, thorough investigation," she states.

Berkow, now the chief of police in Savannah, Ga., is the subject of an internal LAPD probe alleging he traded sex with other female officers in exchange for personal favors and promotions.


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