first_imgThe agreement limits what can be made public in connection with the lawsuit, and calls for some papers to be filed under seal. City officials initially denied access to the personnel files and, at one point, asked the state Supreme Court to intervene. Lt. Otis Dobine, who is African American, and other minority officers allege Berkow and other police officials kept them out of contention for jobs in the Critical Incident Investigation Division. The officers sued in March 2006. Chief William Bratton issued a statement in December denying the allegations. Berkow, the former police chief in South Pasadena, also is named in a lawsuit by LAPD Detective Ya-May Christle of Arcadia. She alleges she was demoted from sergeant and discriminated against for complaining that Berkow was promoting female officers in exchange for sex. LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for the city and for a group of LAPD officers suing the department for discrimination have agreed on conditions for reviewing of the personnel files of a former deputy chief, the officers’ lawyer said Tuesday. The accord involves personnel files on Michael Berkow, formerly the head of LAPD Internal Affairs and now the chief in Savannah, Ga. While head of Internal Affairs, Berkow was accused of giving promotions to female officers in exchange for sex and denying others promotions based on their race. The deal between attorneys was reached April 4 and signed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz, said attorney Bradley C. Gage, who represents officers seeking Berkow’s personnel files. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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