This story has been updated. All updates appear at the bottom.
In the Los Angeles Police Department a horse is a horse unless of course that horse belongs to the Chief’s daughter. So let’s go right to the source about that horse.
Now this may be too “insiderish” for some of you but it’s exactly the type of behavior that keeps morale low within the department and people talking.
Let me start with saying that people put years into working for the LAPD with the hopes of promoting through the ranks and scoring coveted positions. In fact, I was told once that if after a year or two you’re still a P2 (Police Officer 2), people in the department look at you like there’s something wrong with you.
The name of the game is to promote.
So that’s why many officers of different ranks are looking at Police Chief Charlie Beck’s daughter Officer Brandi Scimone-Pearson sideways.
She’s only a P3 but not only has she managed to get transferred to the elite Mounted Platoon (cops on horses) but she even got the department to buy her personal use horse from her so that she could ride it at work. It’s been said that the department, using taxpayer dollars, paid the Beck family a pretty penny for that horse—more than they would normally spend. And on top of buying the horse, now the department pays all of the horses medical needs and boarding.
In laymen’s terms, let’s say you got a job working downtown in the Mayor’s office and you lived in Riverside. And let’s say you managed to get the City to buy a car that you already own from you that you use to drive to and from work everyday. On top of that, the City now pays for all of the maintenance on your car.
Now what kind of sense does that make and how ethical is it?
It seems that the Chief’s daughter was transferred to the prestigious Mounted Platoon after the brewhaha with her then boyfriend Sergeant George Hoopes whom she had investigated after she discovered he’d been having sex with other female officers he was supervising. Everyone in the department also knew that the only thing that saved Hoopes’ ass was the naked pictures he threatened to expose of her and that the Chief couldn’t let that happen.
According to LAPD insiders, Beck’s daughter, after about one month into the Mounted Platoon, was selected as the department’s horse purchaser and assistant trainer. A position that is usually reserved for people who have had significant time in the unit.
This was another slap in the face to tenured officers who believe it has less to do with her job performance and more to do with nepotism and cronyism. She’s the Chief’s daughter.
There is currently an open inquiry (complaint) with Inspector General Alex Bustamante with allegations that the department overpaid for her horse and that Lieutenant Tony Lomedico, the Mounted Platoon leader was fully aware of it and said and did nothing.
No word on what the investigation will turn up or if a real one will be done at all. Many LAPD officers have no faith in a full investigation because they know that Chief Beck has people in strategic positions all along the way to make sure things are covered up.
They figure if she could get away with lying during an Internal Affairs investigation about her sexual relationship with Hoopes, surely she can get away with having the department use taxpayer dollars to buy her horse from her so that she can ride the horse at work.
It’s also said that the department has plans on buying horses from Debbie and Kevin McCarthy, two of Chief’s Beck’s closest friends in the department.
I will say this again, when cops start telling on cops, we need to all pay attention. Things are not well in the LAPD and the rank-and-file seem to have had it with the leadership of Chief Beck.
What say you?
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Update Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
So as of now, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed for the naysayers that yes, the Los Angeles Police Department Foundation ponied up $6,000 for the purchase of Chief Charlie Beck’s daughter’s horse.
The horse coincidentally shares the same name as Chief Beck’s father retired Deputy Chief George Beck.
Click here to read the intradepartmental memo from Chief Beck to the Police Commission entitled “Approval of Non Monetary Donation.”
But let’s be clear, taxpayers are paying for the board and care of that horse.
The question I have is if and when the time comes that Officer Pearson would like to buy her horse back from the Department, does she return the $6,000 or does she get to buy her horse back for a drastically reduced price?
No matter how you look at it, unless you are the Chief or part of his upper echelon, this is a huge conflict of interest to say the least.