Crime & Justice

Jury begins deliberating gay retaliation claim against LAPD

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Jury deliberations resume today in the case of a gay Los Angeles police sergeant who claims the department retaliated against him.

Sgt. Ronald Crump claims the LAPD transferred him from a coveted job in media relations to Skid Row after he complained that his supervisor was harassing him because he is gay.

Crump claims Captain John Romero called him “the new Ruby without the heels,” referring to the woman he replaced. He says Romero told him not to forget he hired him “even though you’re gay.” Crump says his transfer ruined his career because it marked him as a bad employee.

Public Information Director Mary Grady testified that she transferred Crump because he didn’t get along with Romero and sometimes disregarded his instructions. An attorney for the city said the two were “like oil and vinegar.” She added Crump “was not receptive to criticism,” and when his boss disciplined him Crump “waved the gay flag.”