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Troubled city of Maywood loses its insurance coverage

June 6, 2010 |  1:18 pm

Citing the city's failure to hire a new city manager as well as recent officer-involved shootings, Maywood's insurance agency has terminated coverage because it views the municipality as too high a risk, according to city officials.

In a notice delivered to the city last week, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority said it would end all general liability and workers' compensation coverage effective July 1, according to Interim City Manager Angela Spaccia.

"This termination potentially puts the city in the position where it cannot continue to operate its police department and provide other city services," a statement on the city's website announced.

The history of the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department has made it difficult for the city to obtain insurance coverage, officials say. Last year the state attorney general's office found widespread overuse of force and other gross misconduct. The department has reorganized in an effort to address those issues.

Since 2006, liability claims have gone down from $12 million to $266,000, Spaccia said. "The chief has made huge progress."

There have been at least two officer-involved shootings since the start of the year, according to the department. In April, officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man who was stabbing a woman, authorities said. In May officers shot and wounded a man, but the circumstances surrounding that shooting were not released. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shootings.

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--Ruben Vives