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).
Alright folks, it’s been a year. It’s been a year since the Los Angeles Police Department was caught red-handed hosting a swanky VIP book signing for ex-mafia hitman Rene “Boxer” Enriquez in downtown Los Angeles otherwise known as Boxergate. As you will recall, after the 10th Floor was caught and tried to lie and got caught in those lies we left things off with the public pissing match between Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michael Downing over who was to blame and who knew what. The first round went to Beck who announced the minute the media came a knockin’ that he’d initiated a personnel complaint investigation against Downing proceeded by his expected and usual deer caught in the headlights routine. The second round went to Downing who quick fast and in a hurry lawyered up and sent that lawyer down to the police commission meeting to remind everyone within earshot about not discussing a personnel matter in public and to “follow the law.” Whatever that means because there are the laws that you and I have to follow and then there are the laws that they get to break with impunity.
Well it’s been a year since then and we’re no closer to knowing just how much money Angelenos shelled out to host Boxer for a bunch of wealthy donors otherwise known as the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) or if legally they even had the proper authority to take custody of Boxer for the event–let alone the convening of a grand jury. We do know that the Department has one year to adjudicate most personnel complaints. I say most because as you know thanks to District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s drawn out investigation as to whether or not her office is going to pursue criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting death of Ezell Ford, the clock has been stopped on that particular personnel issue. Downing’s year is just about up.
But I won’t be holding my breathe as it relates to Downing. I mean, if the Department and the City Attorney’s office can work in cahoots to protect a Deputy Chief, Captain, and two police officers who seemingly conspired to and actually succeeded in stealing money from a non-profit’s bank account, Downing has nothing to worry about and he knows it too. Still though, it’s worth mentioning because we haven’t forgotten. Nope, we have not forgotten even if the media has.