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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, GATES, CHIEF RATHBURN, DDA JOHN LYNCH

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:20 am    Post subject: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, GATES, CHIEF RATHBURN, DDA JOHN LYNCH Reply with quote

LAPD CORRUPT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROMOTIONS

My law enforcement journey has transformed me from a loyal member of the Los Angeles Police Department to an implacable critic of Chief Daryl Gates. As a consummate professional, proven leader, and a man of high integrity, I was promoted several times by LAPD only to be demoted by Chief Daryl Gates and his equally corrupt cronies.

After exposing several bad shootings in south central Los Angeles, that were covered up by Robbery Homicide Division and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Chief Gates was very crafty in how I was demoted. Daryl Gates and Co. knew I was a supporter of Affirmative Action and each time I promoted in the South Bureau, the Department would corruptly demote me by replacing me with rogue minority officers who were discredited intelligence operatives assigned to Robbery Homicide Division.

It was a very clever maneuver by the Chief and his managers, most notably Deputy Chief William Rathburn, Lt. Alan B. Kerstein, and Capt. Garrett W. Zimmon. Corruption in L.A. law enforcement communities cannot exist without the acquiescence of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and to some degree the local judiciary. One of Chief Gates defacto protector's was Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Lynch who was overseeing some of the contentious University of Southern California (USC) sexual assault investigations that I handled. These investigations involved kids of privilege whose parents were connected to Hollywood film industry, to USC, and the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD and LADA brass went bonkers each time my partner and I defied the corrupt establishment and effectuated the arrest of the well to do USC suspects, among them, the son of an active LAPD Rampart police officer.

To deny me a promotion the upper echelons, in concert with Deputy District Attorney John Lynch, relied on the "Peter Principle" and replace me with "brothers and sisters" from the Robbery Homicide Division. As already indicated, many of the officers absorbed by the Robbery Homicide Division were sworn personnel who were caught in illegal activities while assigned to LAPD Public Disorder Intelligence Division, a unit that was disbanded and ultimately cost the citizens of Los Angeles millions of dollars. To earn their silence, Chief Gates made sure they were promoted and reassigned to better positions of trust.

I was no longer willing to tolerate Daryl Gates and I opted to file a formal grievance in accordance with established LAPD rules and regulations. Knowing that I was “blackballed” by Chief Rathburn, Chief Gates, and Deputy District Attorney John Lynch, necessitated overwhelming proof that would exceed the standards of "beyond a reasonable doubt". The truth would be revealed by none other than Lt. Alan B. Kerstein who flat out told me that I was selected as the top candidate and demoted at the request of Deputy Chief Rathburn and Deputy District Attorney John Lynch. Kerstein was told that if he didn’t do as ordered, Rathburn was prepared to initiate a personnel complaint against him for insubordination and if necessary demotion.

Chief Rathburn pressured my commanding officer, Lt. Kerstein, to alter the results of the oral interview and “justify” the promotion of unqualified African American Robbery Homicide Division Detective. After my conversation with Lt. Kerstein, as a Corruption Awareness Coordinator, I immediately obtained the documents from the oral interview. The hand written notes clearly depicted that I was the top contender and that Robbery Homicide Detective Cedric Wilder scored lower than other candidates. Lt. Kerstein and Co. did not know that I had a trove of documents in my possession and my intention was to get the LAPD managers to intentionally misrepresent the record and lay a trap for perjury.

As expected, Lt. Kerstein, a man I admired and worked for, in concert with imperial Chief Rathburn and Capt. Garrett Zimmon, altered the results of the selection process and lied with impunity at every opportunity. As required, in my formal grievance I laid out my corruption arguments by comparing my qualifications against the credentials of Robbery Homicide Det. Cedric Wilder. In challenging Wilder’s selection, I pointed out the following verifiable arguments;

I had a Master's Degree from Pepperdine University. Wilder didn't.
I had a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. Wilder didn't.
I had an A.A. degree from Foothill Jr. College. Wilder didn't.
I had 10 years experience as a detective. Wilder had 4 years.
I had 5 years of experience as a bonafide supervisor. Wilder had none.
I had over 70 commendations as a supervisor. Wilder had none.
I had over over 100 commendations as a detective. Wilder had 5.
I had over 200 commendations as a police officer. Wilder had 15.
I completed the Detective III School. Wilder didn't.
I had Dept. of Justice Supervisory Certificate. Wilder didn't.
I was Detective Supervisor of the Year. Wilder wasn't even a supervisor.
I received the 1990 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1989 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1988 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1987 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1986 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1985 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I received the 1984 Superior Officer Commendation. Wilder had none.
I was multi lingual. Wilder was not.
I was an adjutant to numerous Commanding Officers. Wilder was not.
I had legal research experience. Wilder had none.
I had vocational teaching degree and experience. Wilder had none.
I had no personnel complaints. Wilder had several.
I had Staff Writing experience. Wilder had none.
I had extensive administrative experience. Wilder had none.
I had extensive audit experience. Wilder had none.
I had extensive overall investigative experience. Wilder did not.
And finally, unlike Det. Wilder, I did not cause the City of L.A. to pay out millions for illegal activities as was the case with Det. Wilder.

After I officially accused Chief Gates and his cronies of corruption, I applied for and was subsequently awarded a medical pension for asthma which I alleged was induced by LAPD institutionalized corruption. In the meantime, Det. Wilder was repeatedly reprimanded for his substandard work performance. In all fairness, it was not his fault. Without a modicum of administrative experience, he was simply unprepared and unqualified to take over the Det. III position.

As part of my corruption investigation, I obtained Cedric Wilder’s work related documents and compiled quite a record for eventual impeachment of him and the LAPD managers who were involved in this criminal misconduct. In addition to incontrovertible hand written notes from the oral interview, which Chief Gates claimed were lost at his office, I was also made aware of a telephonic deposition involving former Deputy Chief William Rathburn. At the time of this deposition Rathburn was promoted as Chief of Police in Dallas, Texas. In this arbitration deposition, Chief Rathburn admitted that the promotion for the position of Detective III narrowed down to three people and that the oral board was leaning toward Pavelic. He further testified that it was he (Rathburn) who sought affirmative action considerations after the fact and was unsure if he personally encouraged Det. Cedric Wilder to apply for this position.

During his testimony, the Chief misrepresented Wilder’s supervisory experience and when challenged he changed his story claiming that he relied on what Lt. Kerstein told him. More importantly to me, Chief Rathburn testified that he reminded the oral board of ‘Pavelic’s limitations because of his having alienated the District Attorney’s office for their refusal to prosecute a suspect involved in the U.S.C. date rape incident'.

What Rathburn failed to state was that this was the very rape investigation Deputy District Attorney John Lynch and Chief Rathburn criminally obstructed on behalf of Chief Daryl F. Gates and his U.S.C. friends. In fact, when I subsequently met with Chief Gates, mano a mano, he personaly admitted to me that he needed the help from the suspect's father, John Argue, a well connected Los Angeles attorney, to help him pass a bond measure that would benefit the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was apparent to everyone that the victim of the sexual assault was sacrificed for the services that the suspect's father would provide on behalf of Chief Daryl F. Gates. To accomplish this corrupt task Chief Gates relied on the Robbery Homicide Division, the District Attorney's Office, and the City Attorney's Office, to supress the truth and conceal the quid pro quo arrangements made between attorney John Argue and Chief Daryl Gates. What they really feard was my knowledge of approximately 45 other sexual assault cases that were never reported by the University of Southern California.

When asked in this deposition ‘…how would you describe your overall regard for the professional competence of Det. Pavelic…’, Chief Rathburn replied, ‘….I thought, for years, Pavelic was a very hard working detective. I have known him and liked him and admired his work for a long, long time’. To misrepresent my record would have been a professional suicidal because I had received numerous commendations from him, U.S.C., and the District Attorney’s Office. Furthermore, my LAPD personnel file was impeccable and far more impressive than Cedric Wilder's. The fix was in and the former intelligence operative who was discredited in his previous assignment was promoted to a position that he was totally unqualified for.

The Department underestimated my support for the affirmative action and never considered that I would challenge the rigged appointment of Cedric Wilder. After all, I was always a team player. Following Chief Rathburn’s deposition, I was quietly granted my service related pension and no one from the Los Angeles Police Department challenged my allegations or had the balls to testify under penalty of perjury.

After my retirement, Alan B. Kerstein and Garrett Zimmon were promoted to higher staff positions within the Los Angeles Police Department and Commander Zimmon became a significant player in the Rampart Area Corruption Board of Inquiry. He must have been shocked when he learned that it was I who personally initiated several personnel complaints against Rampart police officers that resulted in multiple sustained allegations.

Commander Garrett Zimmon and Alan Kerstein retired from LAPD and became Chiefs of Police for other law enforcement agencies. The Los Angeles Police Department proudly announced the promotions of Garrett Zimmon and Alan Kerstein for having been selected as neighboring Chiefs of Police. Commander Zimmon gave seminars on corruption and LAPD Chief, Bernard C. Parks, a friend of Det. Cedric Wilder, hailed Commander Zimmon as ‘a model of excellence in the law enforcement profession’. Unfortunately, just as ‘leopards don’t change their spots’ Chief Kerstein and Chief Zimmon continued to dishonor their profession and the "two pillars" of law enforcement were terminated for corruptly abusing their positions of trust as Chiefs of Police.
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