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As Bobby Lopez Lawyers Up,  LaDoris Cordell Plays Down IPA Spy Saga

LaDoris Cordell, who took over as San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor in May, landed in a firestorm involving the former head of the police union.

Sgt. Bobby Lopez, the former San Jose police union president, ignited a firestorm last month when reports surfaced that he boasted of having a spy in the Independent Police Auditor’s (IPA) Office. Now he has hired an attorney and won’t talk.

Two weeks ago, the usually loquacious Lopez announced that he would run for his old job as president of the San José Police Officers Association (POA). Lopez said he believes George Beattie, his media-shy predecessor, is a weak leader.