|“||I realized whether I testified or not, he was going to hear people call me names. And I'd rather him hear them call me a dyke than a bigot.||”|
–Lt. Arleen Gonzales, regarding her son.
|Affiliation||Los Angeles Police Department|
|Actor|| Wanda De Jesus (pilot)|
Arleen Gonzales is the Commanding Officer of the LAPD Robbery/Homicide Division. She is a cool professional who keeps her private life private and has a passionate advocate for her detectives. In the episode, "East Pasadena," it's revealed that she has an 11-year-old son, but was only mentioned.
In "El Sereno," when a defendant's lawyer uses an edited tape of Gonzales (which portrays her as a racist & a bigot) to accuse the LAPD of racial profiling (because the defendant was the only African-American employee), Gonzales comes out as a lesbian on the stand, stating that before she could understand the prejudices of others, she had to understand her own prejudices.