Police Commission streamlines disciplinary hearings 

In an effort to avoid cases as stale as a doozy from 2001, the Police Commission on Wednesday night instituted some time limits to hearings on police misconduct.

Officer disciplinary cases must now start within 90 days of the complaint and will have to be completed within 120 days. Officers and their attorneys will only have one 30-day continuance in an attempt to prevent a strategy that has led to officers stalling their cases until they can retire with a larger pension.

Commission members Jim Hammer and David Onek are now pushing for a weekly report to show the public how many police misconduct cases are pending before the commission. Since police Chief George Gascon took over the department, about half the caseload has been settled or ruled on, and there are now about 40 cases still pending.

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