LAPD Officers Harmed By Black Mold, Bird Droppings, Says Police Union

LOS ANGELES — The union that represents the Los Angeles Police Department rank-and-file demanded today that the city take steps to remove mold and bird droppings found in and around the Southeast Community Police Station on 108th Street in South L.A. and provide medical testing for personnel assigned to the facility.

“Over 100 LAPD police officers have filed medical-related claims related to the unhealthy and unsanitary conditions,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League union said in a statement. “The Station’s (ventilation) system vents are covered by black mold.”

A news conference was planned later this morning at the Southeast Station to address the issue. Among those expected to participate were a union official and a detective described by the union as an “exposure victim.”

“The (ventilation) equipment on the roof is covered in bird droppings and bird feathers,” the statement said. “Officers have been affected with respiratory illnesses, adult onset asthma, severe and chronic sinus infections and other health related issues.

“The LAPPL is demanding that the city fully study the extent of the environmental exposure at Southeast Division, as well as other stations, and that the city fully mitigate all conditions that may present a health risk to officers, civilians and the public,” the statement said.

From The Los Angeles Daily News

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