Jury awards LAPD detective $1 million in demotion case
By The Associated Press A jury awarded more than $1million in damages Wednesday to a police detective who claimed she was wrongly demoted for complaining about alleged sexual misconduct by her boss. The jury deliberated for several hours before finding that the Police Department retaliated against Ya-May Christle for complaining about former Deputy Chief Michael Berkow. “Hopefully this sends a message to the city that they have a problem and that they have to fix it,” Christle’s attorney, Bradley C. Gage, said after the verdict. John W. Sheller, representing the city, said he was disappointed by the jury’s findings. Christle, 43, sued the city and Berkow in May 2006, claiming her career suffered while other officers who had affairs with him got special treatment. Christle worked as a sergeant in the internal affairs department, but after she complained about his alleged misconduct, she was assigned to a “dead-end” job as a detective. Berkow acknowledged having an extramarital affair with a female officer but denied Christle’s allegations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!