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City Atty. Jackie Reses weighs in on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $2.1-million payout to the City of Los Angeles

City Atty. Jackie Reses weighs in on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $2.1-million payout to the City of Los Angeles

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After a few months as City Atty. Jackie Reses (aka the City Council’s “Chief Diversity Officer”) was appointed to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the New York Times’ City Hall Reporter asked her to weigh in on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $2.1-million payout to the City of Los Angeles for his role in the police shooting death of Eric Garner, a black man who the police used a chokehold on.

The Times’ questions were part of a feature on City Hall’s role in handling the Garner case, which has become a major test of City Hall’s ethics and transparency. Among the topics discussed were the Mayor’s role in the Garner case, specifically whether he was influenced to pay $2.1 million to the City of Los Angeles for his role in the matter, and the Mayor’s statements about the impact of recent city legislation on police misconduct and transparency.

Karen Reses, City Atty. of Los Angeles, responded that she hadn’t had time to review the story and could not comment on it further. She did, however, mention that her office had already been contacted by a number of media outlets looking for comments on the Garner case, with many expressing outrage.

Despite this, Reses chose to comment on the issue, noting that she had not seen the New York Times story and therefore couldn’t comment. But, she did make it clear, as has been the practice over the past dozen years, that she agreed with those who asked whether the Mayor should be held accountable on the Garner matter.

“His actions were certainly wrong,” Reses said. “I was not aware of the particulars of the settlement, which is not surprising. I know, on a case-by-case basis, of course, that there are some settlements that are not what

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