The Los Angeles Police Department paid nearly $81 million in legal settlements last fiscal year, a sharp increase as the city closed the books on several high-profile and costly cases.
The settlement numbers were significantly higher than in previous years and involved cases that had been working their way through the court system for the last few years.
The surge in LAPD settlements, coupled with other litigation costs across City Hall, sparked the Los Angeles City Council this year to borrow $70 million to avoid dipping into the city’s emergency reserve funds.
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