Tough night for the badge in LA

In fact, there are stories about besmirched officialdom lined up on the local news runway.

First, a fired former LAPD officer, Christopher Dorner, has been named by Irvine police as the suspect in the shooting murders of Monica Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, and Keith Lawrence, a public safety officer at USC. The story is that Dorner had a grudge against Quan's father, a veteran LAPD commander. Dorner allegedly posted rambling threats of revenge against the elder Quan and other LAPD officers. Irvine police described Dorner as armed and dangerous and driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup with California license plate 7X03191.

Second, the Sheriff's Department plans to fire seven deputies for their involvement in a secret clique that celebrated aggressive law enforcement and shootings of suspects. The LA Times reported last year on the Jump Out Boys, who shared matching tattoos.

Before we leave law enforcement. we'll note that Brian Mulligan, the former co-chair of Universal and managing director of Deutsche Bank's L.A. entertainment practice, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court claiming the LAPD roughed him up after he was stopped in Highland Park last summer. Mulligan is the executive whose use of bath salts to get high madfe the news. The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story, has more.

Finally, the U.S. attorney's office filed a bribery charge against Samuel In, a former Building and Safety inspector for the city of Los Angeles. He reportedly agreed to plead guilty to a single count of felony bribery stemming from a 2008 incident in which he accepted $5,000 in cash from a Koreatown businessman, according to the LA Times.

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