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).
Another LAPD captain has stepped out of the shadows to shed light on more of the shenanigans taking place inside of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Former Los Angeles police captain Joel Justice today sued the city alleging he was forced into early retirement out of fear of retaliation for bucking a mandate from the chief to find that any officer who appeared before a Board of Rights disciplinary hearing should be fired.
According to the complaint, Chief Charlie Beck and a deputy chief said during a meeting with personnel with the rank of captain and above that they should “terminate any officers sent to a BOR for termination notwithstanding the guilt of the officer.”
The lawsuit does not state the date of the meeting.
Justice had reservations about the order because he believed all officers accused of misconduct were entitled to a fair hearing before a BOR panel, which usually consists of two LAPD staff of the rank of captain or higher and one civilian, according to his court papers.
Justice says he sat on two BOR hearings in which the panel found that the officers should not be fired. Another deputy chief chided him by saying that one of the officers who Justice’s panel decided against firing would end up working with him, the suit states.
“It was, and still is, common practice to send officers who are acquitted in a BOR to be reassigned to the hearing officer’s division as punishment,” the suit alleges.
Justice says that he was later subjected to exaggerated scrutiny for crime statistics while he was the area commander for the Topanga Station shortly after he was assigned there and before he had a chance to start any new programs, according to his lawsuit.
Knowing he was going to be subjected to further retaliation, Justice in February 2014 entered into an LAPD program for early retirees, the suit states.
Not long thereafter, he was demoted to a lower rank of captain and he resigned last June, according to his court papers.
As luck would have it, I just happen to have audio of Chief Beck basically saying the same thing.
Last year on June 26th, Chief Beck came on KJLH-FM’s the Front Page show with Dominique DiPrima to discuss the Detective Frank Lyga and Officer Shaun Hillmann scandals.
He told everyone listening that morning that he sends officers to a board of rights hearings for a reason–to be terminated.
So let’s be clear, when the chief of police tells you directly as is alleged in this case how he feels about something or what he wants to be done–it is expected that it will be done. No questions asked. That just further proves my earlier point about Beck’s comments regarding the Brendon Glenn officer-involved-shooting. Those involved in the investigation have been given their marching orders however subtle and indirect by Beck’s comments.