LAPD inspector general resigns

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Inspector General Nicole Bershon said she’s leaving her job to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner. In the hierarchy of superior court, its 140 commissioners sit just below judges and decide certain lower level legal matters. She said she’ll leave her current job in the next few weeks.

As LAPD Inspector General, Bershon reported to the five-member Police Commission. She acted as the civilian watchdog of the mammoth police force. In May, she wrote a report that said the department fails to properly investigate claims of retaliation by officers who report misconduct. Earlier, she’d raised concerns about the way the department deals with racial profiling.

Bershon won praise from police commissioners, who pointed to her work to clear a backlog of use-of-force reports. Berhson’s predecessor, Andre Birotte, went on to become U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. The police commission will select her successor.