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8/27/2003 3:08:03 AM
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The interim police chief of Inglewood schools has vowed to prohibit officers from working off-duty security jobs for rapper Snoop Dogg, and is seeking to fire several reserve officers who have moonlighted as bodyguards for the music star.
An estimated 10 full-time and reserve Inglewood school police officers have guarded Snoop Dogg, a convicted felon whose real name is Calvin Broadus. Several were with him in April when gunmen fired on his motorcade, wounding one reserve school officer. In June, two Inglewood school officers were in his entourage when Los Angeles and federal police confiscated a cache of weapons from its vehicles.
"There are jobs, obviously, that a police officer shouldn't take. For example, as an armed officer guarding a convicted felon," said Inglewood Unified School District interim Police Chief Wesley Mitchell. "We are trying to ensure this is a very credible police department."
Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Crips street gang and served a brief jail sentence after being convicted of cocaine possession in 1990. The rap artist, who emerged in the early 1990s with such hit albums as Doggystyle, could not be reached for comment.
As part of what he said was his effort to reform the department, Mitchell sent termination letters last week to eight reserve officers because some have not received adequate background checks required by the state and others have not reported to work for several months. Of those eight, four were involved in the Snoop Dogg-related incidents in April or June.
In addition, Mitchell said, he has requested background checks on five full-time officers. Of those, at least one was present during the April 10 shooting.
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