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LAPD Scandals Price in Millions

Wednesday, 22 November 2000 12:00 AM

According to the Los Angeles Times:

The newspaper got its hands on a confidential memo by City Attorney James K. Hahn urging the city to pay $15 million to a man who spent more than two years in prison after being shot in the head and chest and apparently framed by two officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's scandal-riddled Rampart Division.

If the city council follows that recommendation, it will bring to nearly $30 million the city's payouts in Rampart-related cases since April.

At least 70 other such cases are pending against the city.

The ultimate tab for illegal acts of cops gone bad could be astronomical.

Realizing that, the city attorney is advocating the council cut its losses as quickly as possible.

He is recommending that the city pay this victim – who remains paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair – in four installments over the next 30 months, with an initial installment payment of $6 million being paid before Dec. 31.

The principal figure in this case, who has become the symbol of the lingering LAPD corruption scandal, is Javier Francisco Ovando, now believed to have been shot by two police officers who then planted a gun on him and accused him of trying to attack them.

He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but his conviction was overturned last year after he had served two years and six months. A tattooed street-gang member, Ovando had no prior criminal convictions.

He told police that the two officers handcuffed him before shooting him in the chest and head.

According to the city attorney's memo, "Ovando was initially hospitalized at USC-County Hospital for emergency medical care. He underwent neurosurgery, during which portions of his brain were removed.

"He remained in the hospital during his criminal trial, and he was eventually turned over to the state prison medical staff," during which time he never received rehabilitation therapy.

The memo said that "Ovando has permanent paralysis of both legs, and numerous bullet fragments remain in his chest . . . and will not regain use of his legs."

Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said of the city attorney's proposed settlement:

"The city attorney's office, most likely, will argue that $15 million is a savings. And I suspect most council members would be inclined to agree with that. What happened to Ovando is just horrendous."

The city has already had to pay out more than $10 million to a young Hollywood girl who was sexually assaulted by an LAPD officer.

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