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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles police union has filed a lawsuit in effort to force the Police Department to put a warning against false complaints on forms that people fill out to allege misconduct by officers.

A state law makes it a misdemeanor to purposefully bring a false allegation against police and requires agencies to advise people of the potential crime when they make a complaint.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday ( ) that the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s lawsuit asks the court to stop the LAPD from accepting complaints without the warning.

The department did not immediately comment because it had not seen the lawsuit.

Police watchdogs contend such warnings could have a chilling effect on people with valid complaints.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,