Jury Awards Officer $700,000 For Discrimination
An L.A. jury awarded Officer Officer Malcolm Thomas more than $700,000 Friday after he sued the city last year for discrimination and sexual harassment. The jury seemed to believe the officer's allegations, which if true paint a rather disturbing portrait of his unit's culture.
Thomas' lawyer said it was more like "Animal House" than "Law and Order." He was with a Los Angeles Police Department unit that trained new recruits.
Thomas is straight but was subjected to insinuations that he was gay.
He was sent text messages such as ``This is for all you homos voting no on Prop. 8.''
UCLA Men's Soccer v Oregon State & UCLA Women's Soccer v Stanford
TicketsThu., Oct. 26, 4:30pm
CSUN Womens Soccer
TicketsThu., Oct. 26, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
TicketsFri., Oct. 27, 7:30pm
UCLA Women's Soccer v California & UCLA Men's Soccer v Washington
TicketsSun., Oct. 29, 1:00pm
South Bay Lakers vs. Northern Arizona Suns
TicketsSun., Oct. 29, 7:00pm
After an on-duty knee injury, Thomas said his sergeant gave him duties that were meant to worsen the injury.
He reported all this to LAPD's Internal Affairs, only to have his badge taken.
We're awaiting a response to questions put to LAPD Friday.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.