Backlog of police discipline clearing slowly

Clearing the backlog of disciplinary cases at the Police Commission may not be moving as fast police Chief George Gascón had hoped.

In the first week of settling low-level disciplinary cases against officers, only four or five cases were agreed upon, Gascón said. He had originally hoped to sweep about 20 out of the 70 or so cases out the door.

Some cases have lingered years at the Police Commission, while officers plug away at desk jobs or retire before they can be punished. But Gascón remains confident.

“If we can do four or five every week, then we’ll do a good job of clearing our backlog,” Gascón said.

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