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Attorney confirmed to LA's Police Commission

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The nomination of an attorney who previously served on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners was unanimously approved the Police Commission

Attorney Rafael Bernardino was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners Friday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Bernardino previously served on the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commission. During his confirmation hearing, Bernardino expressed concern about the city’s worker compensation claims.

High profile cases of alleged police misconduct, such as the use of force cases involving Alesia Thomas and Michelle Jordan, are also a financial problem for the city, Bernardino said.

“I see it as — that’s $400,000 in legal fees and that’s a potential $2 million case,” he said. “When I look at the City of Los Angeles, made up of working men and women, especially in these difficult times — you know, $2.5 million for 10 seconds of bad judgment is a cost benefit that we cannot afford.”

Bernardino replaces former commissioner Debra Wong Yang. The Police Commission is the five-member civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department. 

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