Favors for sex at the LAPD alleged; Bratton vows a complete investigation

Andrew Blankstein and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Thursday that an internal investigation has been launched into allegations that a former deputy chief gave preferential treatment -- and helped secure promotions -- for female officers with whom he had intimate relations.

The accusations against Michael Berkow, who headed the LAPD's internal affairs division before leaving the department last month to become police chief in Savannah, Ga., were made in a civil lawsuit filed in May. Ya May Christle, a sergeant in internal affairs, alleged in her suit that Berkow and the city of Los Angeles retaliated against her after she complained about the deputy chief's conduct.

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