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Ex-LAPD Sergeant Continues to Defend Himself Against Ethics Charge Over Controversial Stop of ‘Django Unchained’ Actress

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'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts claims she was handcuffed for showing public affection in Studio City on Sept. 11, 2014. (Credit: Brian James Lucas)

Ex-LAPD sergeant defends himself against ethics charge over controversial stop of actress

The long-running saga involving a Los Angeles police sergeant and an actress from “Django Unchained” wound its way into a downtown courtroom Monday, where a judge heard arguments over whether that sergeant violated city ethics rules by leaking a recording of the controversial stop to the media.

Monday’s hearing marked the latest in the Los Angeles Ethics Commission’s action against now-retired Sgt. Jim Parker, a highly unusual case that has been closely watched within the L.A. Police Department.

No one questions whether Parker released the recording — he’s admitted that in interviews with reporters, at a Police Commission meeting and again while testifying Monday. Instead, the case hinges on whether that recording was confidential and thus, whether Parker violated city rules by making it public.

Ethics officials allege he did just that, accusing Parker of unlawfully sharing confidential information without authorization and doing so to “create a private advantage for himself.”

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