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Ex-LAPD Sergeant Broke City Rules by Leaking Audio of ‘Django Unchained’ Actress: Ethics Commission

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Attorney Larry Hanna, center, flanked by high-ranking members of the union representing LAPD officers, told reporters he would pursue legal action after the city's Ethics Commission on Dec. 6, 2016, ruled Hanna's client, retired Sgt. Jim Parker, violated city ethics rules. (Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission decided Tuesday that a former police sergeant broke city rules by leaking to reporters an audio recording from his controversial stop of an actress from “Django Unchained.”

In a nod to what one commissioner described as the “extraordinary circumstances” of the case, however, the board opted in a 4-0 vote to fine now-retired Sgt. Jim Parker $500 — far less than the $10,000 maximum penalty he faced.

Tuesday’s ruling caps an unusual investigation by the Ethics Commission and a headline-grabbing story that has for months drawn the attention of those within the LAPD.

The commission found that Parker broke two ethics rules: sharing confidential information and by doing so, creating a private advantage for himself.

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