We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
As we head into 2016, I felt it was only fitting to chronicle a list of investigations that were allegedly opened by the Los Angeles Police Department via a sound bite but we’ve never received any update on since. This is especially important when dealing with an organization like the LAPD because so much happens that it’s hard to keep up with it all and I have no doubt that in 2016 we’ll be adding to this list.
If you have any information regarding any of these open investigations, please by all means feel free to reach out to me because inquiring minds do want to know.
Lastly, we’ve had an incredible year fighting misconduct and command staff shenanigans and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your trust, support and for your willingness to come forward with information. We all appreciate it.
Happy New Year!
This is a story we’re proud to say that we broke (with some help from LAPD insiders) at the beginning of year that ended up taking on a life of its own.
Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, a former Mexican Mafia shot-caller, was escorted into downtown Los Angeles for a lecture and book signing for some of the city’s wealthiest do-gooders. When caught red handed, the LAPD claimed that Enriquez provided valuable insight to the police officials in attendance. However it was soon discovered that there were about 150 business executives and only 14 law enforcement officials who actually attended the lavish event.
The Los Angeles Police Department decided to utilize police resources to essentially host the January membership meeting of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) while simultaneously providing an opportunity for ex-Mexican Mafia convicted hitman turned informant Rene “Boxer” Enriquez to talk about his life and sign copies of a book written about him.
The event took place back on Jan. 28 at a place called The Reserve in downtown Los Angeles near 6th and Spring streets. And while the LAPD tried to spin it in the media as a meeting to educate local authorities and private sector tycoons about the workings of a “transnational criminal enterprise,” we have since learned (in my best impression of Maury Povich), that was a lie—or as the department likes to say, false and misleading information.
There were about 150 business executives and only 14 law enforcement officials who actually attended the lavish event.
The event featured valet parking, waiters, cocktails, appetizers, a buffet, a bar and even a stage for the guest of honor. Boxer was free to sign copies of the book written about him. He was situated right next to the bar.
Boxer was escorted into downtown Los Angeles like he was a visiting president complete with LAPD air support up above keeping a watchful eye. I can tell you that this was huge production and a huge waste of resources in a city with soaring crime rates.
And while the department flip-flopped on their excuse saying that this was some sort of training event for local authorities, I proved that too was a lie.
Boxer was conveniently up for parole and had letters of gratitude from Chief Beck and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the latter who actually recommended him for parole.
Once caught red-handed, LAPD brass started playing the blame game with everyone pointing the finger at someone else.
Chief Charlie Beck initiated a personnel complaint investigation against Deputy Chief Michael Downing but only AFTER the LAPD’s independent watchdog Inspector General Alex Bustamante released a scathing but not surprising report regarding Boxergate.
The Inspector General’s report concluded that LAPD officials spent weeks (but I believe it was more like months) — and $22,000 — planning the event at the request of the YPO. It was also revealed that the LAPD probably broke the law when they used an expired writ to remove Boxer the state custody and bring him to this shindig.
Things really came to a head when Downing sent his lawyer to a Police Commission meeting to offer a stern warning to the Inspector General, commissioners and Chief Beck about not discussing a personnel matter in public and to follow the law.
All of which brings us to today. We never got any closure by way of facts from either the Police Commission or the LAPD on exactly how this event was allowed to happen, how much it really cost to host Boxer, whether or not they legally had permission to use him for a book signing event or how many times they’d done this before the jig was up.
But we’ll keep asking in 2016 because our memories aren’t that short.
29-year-old Brendon Glenn was shot and killed in Venice on May 6 after having an altercation of sorts with the LAPD.
There is a video and that video hasn’t been made public.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that he was “very concerned” about the shooting and did not see “the supporting evidence that I normally would. Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that. I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances.”
Everyone I have talked too with any knowledge of this shooting is deeply troubled by it.
After a big dog and pony show in the form of a community meeting, neither the police commission nor the police department has had anything else to say about Brendon Glenn or the officer who killed him.
Back in March we detailed how a certain captain from Olympic Division might be in some hot water over some shady business dealings.
Allegedly there was a Captain taking a little money on the side to look the other way regarding a business that was selling OB Beer without the proper licensing. This Captain is believed to have advised their vice unit to basically ignore California ABC laws when it came to this particular store. It is also alleged that this Captain was ratted out by some of the other businesses in the area who didn’t appreciate the competition getting special treatment. I’m told the money added up to over $10,000.
According to my sources, this Captain is in really tight with the Korean American business community–even having gone to Korea to represent the LAPD.
We heard this captain was moved out of Olympic and there was an investigation and blah blah.
No official word from the LAPD or Police Commission though but that won’t stop us from asking.
In September we detailed how Deputy City Attorney Jennifer Waxler turned over documents during discovery that showed LAPD Sergeant Tavares referencing Black Lives Matter Los Angeles activists as “freeway freaks” in official documents.
Early on the morning of November 26, 2014 before the afternoon and evening Ferguson protests got underway, a group of seven Black Lives Matter Los Angeles activists took to the 101 freeway and basically shut it down in the middle of the morning rush hour.
A Sergeant Tavares was the unit leader that morning for a motor unit assigned to assist in the arrest of the activists on the freeway. According to Sergeant Tavares’ notes on his unit log submitted to his commanding officer and the Department’s chain of command, he was deployed to the 101 freeway at Alvarado Street to assist with the arrest of “7 freeway freaks.”
Now that’s just not right or acceptable on government forms that are used to recoup dollars from the federal government for “unusual occurrences.” What’s even more foul is that Sgt. Tavares presumably has higher ups who either ignored his connotation or worse yet—didn’t even bother to read the report before signing off on it.
Black Lives Matter and the rest of us are still waiting on an explanation and an apology from Chief Beck regarding this matter.
According to sworn testimony given in a deposition related to the South Los Angeles beating of Clinton Alford, on Oct. 16, 2014, Los Angeles police officers kicked Mr. Alford in the head, hit him with their elbow, all while he was lying motionless on the ground. Prior to Mr. Alford falling to the ground, the same witness testified that one of the officers used a baton on Alford that helped bring him to his knees.
When a black-and-white car arrived on the scene, an officer got of the car and walked up to Alford and kicked him in the head and hit him with his elbow.
That officer was identified in court as being one Richard Garcia who is currently facing assault under color of authority charges.
The City Attorney has been fighting the public release of the video that shows all of this happening. Earlier this month, the video was shown in court. Currently there is a protective order on the video but that doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten that it exists. We want that video made public and we want it made public now. Transparency.
Oh and Officer Garcia is back in court on January 8.
The family of Redel Jones, 30, who was killed on August 12, 2015 when officers from LAPD’s Southwest Division responded to a “211 Suspect Just Left” radio call has filed a $10 million claim against the city of Los Angeles for wrongful death and more. The claim is being filed on behalf of her children, husband and father.
According to a copy of a 24-Hour Chief-of-Police Occurrence Log by the Force Investigation Division that I obtained back then, on August 12, 2015 at around 1:43 p.m., the LAPD’s Southwest Division says that it responded to a “211 Suspect Just Left” radio call at the Stocker RX pharmacy located at 3750 Santa Rosalia Drive. The call indicated that the suspect was wearing a purple scarf and carrying a large knife. Officers located Ms. Jones on Santo Tomas Drive and Marlton and began to chase her through the alley. According to the LAPD’s internal narrative, Ms. Jones kept running and armed herself with the knife. They say she turned towards them at one point causing one of the officers to use a TASER. The Department says that the TASER had no effect on Ms. Jones who then charged at the officers and that’s when the officer-involved-shooting occurred. The Department says that money and a demand note were found on Ms. Jones’ clothing.
Chief Beck and the Police Commission have offered no further details to the community about this shooting and continue to avoid community activists on the issue.
It’s December 31.
Back on June 17, 2015, in an interview on public radio KPCC’s “AirTalk” show, Chief Beck said he gave himself a “personal deadline” to determine if Officer Sharlton Wampler should be held responsible for the deadly encounter with Ezell Ford last summer.
“I’m not going to reveal [the deadline], because it doesn’t help the discussion,” he said.
This after the city’s Police Commission ruled Wampler and Officer Antonio Villegas violated departmental policy when the shot and killed Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles on August 11, 2014.
The commission ruled that Wampler’s use of deadly force violated LAPD policy and rejected Beck’s finding that both Wampler and Villegas adhered to department policy.
The commission decided that Villegas was wrong in his initial decision to draw his weapon early in the confrontation, but upheld his decision to fire at Ford to protect Wampler and that there was no reason to have detained Ford in the first place and that Wampler badly mishandled the encounter, leading to the fatal confrontation.
Normally the Department has a year from when they were first made aware of the misconduct to act on disciplinary matters but I think this is being dragged out even longer for a couple of reasons.
One, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office is allegedly still reviewing the Ford case. There isn’t that much reviewing in the world. It’s now 2016.
But as long as they are reviewing it, perhaps there’s some rule that allows the Chief to have extended time to make a decision regarding the officer’s fate.
Remember, Chief Beck only sends officers he wants to see terminated to Board of Rights hearings.
Two, we understand there’s a scathing report from the Inspector General’s office detailing how the LAPD basically screwed up the investigation relating to shooting of Ezell Ford. A report certain folks don’t want made public.
Meanwhile, Alice Hill, the widow of Leroy Hill, sued the City and County of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Police Chief Charlie Beck, City Councilman Curren Price and two other high-ranking police officers, on Monday in Superior Court.
According to Court House News:
Hill blames them for the wrongful death of her husband, who had stepped forward as a witness to the Aug. 11, 2014 police shooting of Ezell Ford.
Ford, 25, and Leroy Hill, were shot to death on the same block, Hill on March 13 this year, his widow says. She says her husband was killed after the defendants identified him and shared information about his pending testimony with attorneys for the defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by Ford’s family.
Hill says her husband’s testimony would have incriminated Los Angeles police Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who are defendants in a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ford’s parents on Sept. 17, 2014. Wampler is Asian-American; Villegas is Latino, according to the LA Times, which attributed the information to the LAPD.
Yes, we are still trying to identify the man that was hit by the LAPD in downtown Los Angeles near 6th and Spring streets.
My sources tell me that the LAPD is saying that this was a minor incident that happened when officers were on their way to assist in a foot pursuit nearby at around 2:50 p.m. yesterday. They are telling me that the Department only had the man transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Now I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing minor about being hit by a police vehicle and knocked out of your shoes. There’s nothing minor about lying on your side holding your back in the middle of the street while officers surround you. And finally, there’s nothing minor about having to wait 30 minutes for paramedics to arrive on the scene. But hey, that’s just me.
I want to know who the man is, is he dead or alive and most importantly, does he have a lawyer?
Finally, some time ago we documented how a complaint had been filed with the Office of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante and Police Commission regarding some alleged hanky panky going on between Chief Charlie Beck and newly promoted Captain I Ruby Malachi now of the new Community Relations Division (CRD).
According to an anonymous letter dated March 15, 2015 to Inspector General Bustamante, Lt. Malachi and Chief Beck had been having an ongoing affair and her promotion is a direct result of it.
It was the talk of the Department then as it is now. Rumors of Chief Beck getting a divorce as well as Malachi have reached an all time high.
We also hear Malachi is currently up for another promotion, one that many of her colleagues are giving her the side eye about. Now me personally, I could care less if she’s promoted but then again she didn’t fly past me at record speed up the ladder of ascension in the Department.
Still though, it would be nice for the Chief to publicly let the us know that he is not having an affair with one his subordinates nor is he getting a divorce. I’m just saying.
Lastly, we heard that just before Christmas Chief Beck’s son totaled a Metro cruiser going 15 miles per hour in Long Beach on his way to pick up his partner. We also heard that he refused medical treatment at the scene even though it’s Department policy per the MCIT manual. Here’s to a speedy recovery.
If you have any information regarding any of these open investigations or anything else I should know about, please by all means feel free to reach out to me because inquiring minds do want to know.
Happy New Year!