Which insurers cover the westwood police officer?
A Westwood insurance agent is suing the city, claiming she was fired because she declined to pay an insurance fee for the city’s police officer who fatally shot a suspect in 2016.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that the city was not properly paying the insurer for the service the city provided to Westwood police officers.
Westwood Insurance is a private insurance company that has been a main provider of coverage for the Los Angeles Police Department for more than a decade.
The lawsuit claims that Westwood refused to pay for an incident report on the shooting of Eric Harris, who was unarmed, because the company did not receive a written request from the police department.
Westport Police Chief Mark Williams said Tuesday that the incident report was received on Sept. 14, 2016, and he said the city did not have an agreement with Westwood that it would pay for the incident reports.
Williams said that Westport did not make any payment for the report until a week after the shooting, which occurred when Harris was handcuffed and a woman was holding a weapon.
Williams added that the police chief did not know about the incident until the police officer was fired on Oct. 3, 2016.
The Westwood insurer did not respond to requests for comment.
The incident report for the shooting said that Harris had been handcuffed and the woman holding a gun had been attempting to restrain Harris, Williams said.
The Westwood incident report states that Harris was shot once in the chest, Williams added.
Westbrook Insurance claims the city should have paid for the insurance report before the shooting because it is an incident reporting system.
The city said that it has not paid any insurance fees for the Westwood Police Department, and it said it has the ability to withhold payments from insurers in response to certain types of claims.
The city said the police officers who were shot have not filed any insurance claims since.
The LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Westport police officer’s lawsuit.