Another LAPD Captain Exposes Department Shenanigans

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).

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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.



The Court of Public Opinion

  • SurfPuppy619

    The fact he is saying one thing, and then exempting his cronies like Hillman, prove, not imply but proves, that Beck is not fit to run LAPD. Organization “culture” comes from the top, and Beck’s “culture” is one of misconduct.

  • unlikelydee

    How do we get this turd out of LA?

  • cutty sark

    When Beck held a press conference to announce the arrest of Giovanni Ramirez and named him as Suspect #1 in the assault of Bryan Stowe in the Dodger’s Stadium parking lot , he expected his detectives to steer their investigation towards confirming Ramirez’ culpability and he expected the District Attorney to follow suit.
    He also expected that a segment of surveillance video showing Norwood and Sanchez in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the game would remain in the investigator’s files, not provided to the District Attorney or the attorney’s representing the wrongly accused Giovanni Ramirez

  • robert peel

    he hasnt done to bad for himself as he became the chief of police at ventura community college.many of us who suffered severe retaliation in the lower ranks are unable to function without heavy doses of medication.never wear a police uniform again.yes he shoulndt have sufferred retaliation but i bet he wasnt followed ,had i.81 made against him.gun taken away ,pay stopped ,list goes on

  • NJNP

    Wasn’t this the captain who was demoted for having unauthorized people in his city car when he was the duty officer? He responded to the termination of A pursuit and fled when a shooting occurred. He may be singing the truth, but his credibility is diminished by waiting to come forward.

  • PetitoTortilla

    A Board of Rights (BOR) is a Quasi-judicial proceedings. Which means that the hearing has to follow fairness (due process–that the hearing court like) and fair review from a civil court (Superior Court) — if the terminated officer choses.

    If anyone at LAPD obstructed for a fair hearing (BOR) then an indictment for Obstruction of justice needs to follow against them. This is the present allegation against LASD Undersheriff Tanaka–‘Obstruction of justice’–for failing to allow the FBI access to a fair and rightful investigation.

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