Former LAXPD Acting Police Chief/Assistant Chief Brian Walker was indicted on federal charges in April 2015 where he was accused of defrauding the city for “private gain”. Walker would be charged with tax evasion in February 2016 and ultimately resigned seven (7) months later in September. Is there a connection between him and a recently filed lawsuit by another former LAXPD Lieutenant?
According to the Los Angeles Times, Walker worked at LAXPD for 21 years and had control over internal affairs, backgrounds and recruitments and Human Resources.
Just as Walker was being charged with tax evasion, in February 2016, then Lieutenant Marlo Richardson was notified that an anonymous letter was submitted to the new chief saying she was committing timecard fraud, in the same month. She was also alleged to have submitted paperwork to Human Resources to obtain “light duty” and found to have not included medical documentation to support the claim. The lawsuit states Richardson was unaware she needed to provide a medical note and Human Resources didn’t ask for one.
In her lawsuit, she speaks of several Black officers, eleven in total, being investigated for similar accusations.
The lawsuit lays out personnel in Human Resources coming under fire and other officers being charged with timecard fraud. One officer in particular took a demotion in lieu of termination.
A CBS2 investigation showed officers stating that Walker showed favoritism towards certain officers. Richardson’s lawsuit describes anonymous letters circulating through the department stating she was sleeping with her co-workers.
Ethel McGuire, a former LAXPD Assistant Chief of Police, was given this position that caught state regulators eye. McGuire never had P.O.S.T. certification, as required to be a police officer, yet once CBS started investigating, her position was changed to “Manager”.
An unidentified officer discussed with CBS that he lost his job due to domestic violence charges his girlfriend brought against him. The Internal Affairs Lieutenant assigned to the case, then became romantically involved with the “victim” which led to his resignation at the same time as Walker.
2UrbanGirls reached out to LAXPD Union President Marshall McClain who was unavailable for comment.
There appears to be a pattern of departments, under Walker’s control, performing favors for certain officers. Is it a coincidence that once Walker departed, his web of corruption began to unravel at the seams? Walker was promoted by Mayor Butts who also abruptly resigned from LA Airports with no explanation,
Has Richardson’s lawsuit confirmed the corruption by asking why she wasn’t allowed to take a demotion to keep her job or was she never qualified as McGuire wasn’t? More importantly, why has Inglewood Mayor James Butts brought this kind of person into a management position in City Hall?