Ex-Bell Police Chief Waives the Fifth

Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams, who had previously repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, took the stand yesterday in defense of his longtime friend, Angela Spaccia.  Spaccia, former deputy to convicted City Administrator Robert Rizzo, is in the second week of her corruption trial.

When Adams became Bell police chief, Spaccia offered him a salary of $457,000, making him the highest-paid police chief in the nation.  While negotiating his salary with Spaccia, he notoriously emailed her, “I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell’s money.”

According to Adams, Spaccia merely carried out Rizzo’s orders.  He testified he was told that only Rizzo had the power to hire, fire and sign contracts.

Defense counsel Harland Braun may have called Adams to the stand to preempt possible testimony by Rizzo.  The former city administrator, who has pleaded no contest and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, is expected to portray Spaccia as the mastermind of the scheme to inflate the salaries of top Bell officials.

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