Flanked by three of his highest ranking officers, Police Chief Bill Lansdowne sat before the City Council Wednesday, prepared to answer questions about the largest scandal under his command. But five months after the scandal broke, Lansdowne received more sympathy than scrutiny before a packed room of residents, cops and reporters.
In the scandal that unfolded between October 2010 and May 2011, the Police Department acknowledged 11 separate investigations involving accusations of serious officer misconduct. Five officers were charged criminally, with the most severe charges including on-duty rape and sexual assault.
At the time, Lansdowne called the spike in allegations unprecedented, publicly apologized and rolled out seven initiatives to address lagging internal oversight. They included an anonymous complaint hotline, an expanded unit to investigate misconduct and more attention to officers’ wellness.