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Gay LAPD sergeant wins retaliation lawsuit

May 20, 2011 12:04:49 AM PDT
An LAPD sergeant who claimed he was transferred from a coveted job assignment for being gay won his lawsuit on Thursday.

Sgt. Ronald Crump, 39, had been moved from the Media Relations Section in 2009 to the 911 division, which left him without a chance for significant promotions and pay increases, Crump's attorney Gregory Smith said.

The move was allegedly retaliation for filing a complaint about his supervisor, now Capt. John Romero, who Crump said made inappropriate comments about his sexual orientation.

Crump claimed Romero resented him because he is gay and once 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."

Deputy City Attorney Shawn Dabby Jacobs had argued that Crump's sexual orientation had nothing to do with his transfer. She also said he did not lose rank or pay with his changes of position and currently earns about $110,000 annually.

But the jury ultimately sided with Crump, awarding him $1,165,215.

The 16-year LAPD veteran is currently assigned at Central Division working Skid Row.

City News Service contributed to this report.