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Jury awards gay cop $1.1 million in harassment, retaliation lawsuit

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ronald Crump

A Los Angeles police sergeant who claimed he was harassed because he is gay, and then retaliated against for reporting the incidents, was awarded $1.1 million by a jury on Thursday.

Sgt. Ronald Crump, 39, a 16-year LAPD veteran, said he was transferred from a coveted job in media relations to Skid Row, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Sgt. Ronald Crump sued the city last year, alleging that his direct supervisor at the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section — Lt. John Romero — made derogatory remarks about his homosexuality. Romero, who has since been promoted to captain, allegedly described him as “the new Ruby minus the heels,” in reference to the woman he replaced in the unit.

On another occasion, Romero allegedly told him, “I was a religion major at Liberty University. Jerry Falwell would roll over in his grave if he knew I had hired you.”

Crump argued to the jury that the transfer from the prestigious media relations section was punitive and that it cost him future opportunities for promotion. The jury agreed, and awarded him $1,165,215.

More, via: Los Angeles Times.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Although he was rewarded financially… was there any action to actually fix the situation in the future? like releasing the other officer from duty, or demotion or sensitivity training or something?

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:48pm
  2. Wow, I’m going to start suing every time I get discriminated!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:49pm
  3. they must have something!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:49pm
  4. Rightfully so!
    Just because he is gay doesn’t mean he can’t do his job just as well or even better than somebody else.
    People need to get over homosexuality, and realize that diversity in the workplace can actually be in your favor…especially in the law enforcement field!

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:52pm
  5. Good for him! Maybe it will teach homophobic cops a lesson.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:53pm
  6. True that awarding the cop doesn’t solve anything, it’s still kind of a kick in the face to the homophobes that harassed him, I suppose. I’d be pissed if I called someone a name, and they got a million bucks out of it.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:58pm
  7. :)

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:01pm
  8. it’s a good action, now i know that we can fight for our rights to be respected and accepted in this society… thumbs up for this story,, c:

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:11pm
  9. Yaaay :)

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:36pm
  10. @Heriberto: I really, really hope that’s a joke. He had good reason to take this to court.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:03pm
  11. What kind of fucking bullshit is this?! I mean really, 1.1 million??? What a waste of money and I’m sure the fact he’s a cop helped. He should of dealt with it like everyone else does though on a daily basis WITHOUT pitty money. What a waste…

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:07pm
  12. Good on ‘im…but why don’t I get any money? I call dirty cop

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:18pm
  13. Mallory I don’t think that’s the point at all. It’s the message that it sends. It’s a great message. Good for him!

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:53pm
  14. It.s a crappy message! Like someone else said…he got this money but was something ACTUALLY done to help prevent this type of situation again? No.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:03pm
  15. And where is that money coming from?! We’re in too much debt to be handing out money like that, that amount is way too much

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:04pm
  16. Don’t discriminate and you won’t have to pay fines. Duh.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:05pm
  17. Ron- you make me proud. You are a great cop, friend, and an asset to the community and our uniform.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:44pm
  18. Yes it does send a message. When the city pays money for their actions, they change. Also other people who are discriminated will feel like they can stand up and fight back too. He gave the city plenty of time to fix the situation. They failed. As I am a retired LAPD officer who knows him personally, this was a hard decision for him. He did the right thing for all who are discriminated.

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:49pm