Chief Beck Stops Firing of Cop Who Abused Wife

This story has been updated, see bottom.

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Does the Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD condone, support, and even cover up incidents of domestic violence?  That’s the question being posed after finding out that Beck canceled a Board of Rights termination hearing for a police officer who was basically beating the living daylights out of his now ex-wife.

Ladies and gentlemen meet Alex Peraza (#35659).  Peraza is no ordinary police officer.  A veteran of 15 years, as a P3 (Police Officer 3), Peraza is the Department’s “poster boy” for recruitment.  His picture is used on flyers, brochures, ads and the like and today he serves as the Department’s Military Liaison Officer.

LAPD Officer Alex Peraza as the Department's poster boy for recruitment.

LAPD Officer Alex Peraza as the Department’s poster boy for recruitment.

But what the Department doesn’t want you to know is that before Peraza landed in the cushy position he now occupies, he was headed for a Board of Rights termination hearing in January of this year—that is until it was canceled.

It seems Peraza had a bad habit of drinking a little too much and then taking out his frustrations on his ex-wife in the physical sort of way. But Peraza didn’t limit his abuse to his ex-wife, no he made it a family affair and included his ex-wife’s elderly mother and sister.

A former Marine, Peraza was married for approximately 8 and half years before his wife eventually divorced him.  During the last three of years of their marriage Peraza routinely hit,beat, choked, strangled, slapped, kicked, dragged, and verbally abused her.  I’m told that he threatened her life on more than one occasion.

The ex-wife finally couldn’t take anymore and reported the abuse to her boss.  A LAPD lieutenant immediately did an interview with the ex-wife.

In an August 8, 2012 Claremont police report Peraza admits to lunging towards his ex-wife and waving his gun around during an argument.  That same police report was used to grant an Emergency Protective Order against Peraza.

Claremont police report page 1 of 9.

Claremont police report page 1 of 9.

I’m told that the case went to the Department’s Internal Affairs Division where interviews were done with the ex-wife’s sister, best friend, and Lieutenant Whitman of LAPD’s West Traffic Division.  Whitman was a neighbor to the Peraza’s and was able to corroborate the ex-wife’s story because during one of the more brutal beatings she ran to his house for help.

In October of 2012 a permanent restraining order was granted to the ex-wife against Officer Peraza.

According to LAPD insiders, in November 2012 Officer Peraza sat in his car outside of his ex-wife’s job. She reported his presence to her boss who then gave the heads up to his Captain over at LAPD’s Recruitment Employment Division (RED).

Eventually the case was sent to the District Attorney’s office and the charges were assault with a firearm and domestic violence battery on a non-cohabiting spouse.

From what I’m told Peraza either had friends in high places or D.A. Madison was just having a bad day when she spoke with the victim. Pereza’s ex-wife, the victim, was asked by the D.A.’s office if she and her family were trying to get Officer Peraza fired.  The victim was told that Peraza could lose his job. She was basically was discouraged from continuing on in the investigation.

At one point the D.A.’s office told Peraza’s ex-wife that there wasn’t sufficient evidence.

On the issue of evidence, Peraza’s ex-wife submitted photos of some of her bruises as well as torn clothing from the incident in question where she was pulled by her hair and her clothes by Officer Peraza.  And even with the police report where Officer Peraza admitted to holding and waving his gun around during the argument not to mention the granting of the restraining order, the D.A.’s office still rejected the case.

Meanwhile back at Internal Affairs, Peraza’s ex-wife is told that the photos of her injuries aren’t needed and that there is enough evidence to bring Officer Peraza before a Board of Right termination hearing.  Remember, they interviewed a neighbor who is also a cop, the wife’s sister, and best friend.

In December 2013 the ex-wife is told that a date for a Board of Rights hearing is set for January 28. There’s a mad dash by the ex-wife and the her family to get all of the evidence and testimony over to Internal Affairs just to make sure that they have everything they need to find him guilty.  If you recall earlier in this story I told you how Internal Affairs declined some of the evidence because they felt that they already had enough—whatever that means.

Anyway, the evidence was delivered to a sergeant in Internal Affairs.  That evidence included photos, witness testimony from the ex-wife’s mother and niece as well as damaging text messages from Officer Peraza to his ex-wife.

A few of the bruises captured on photo by Officer Peraza's ex-wife submitted for evidence.

A few of the bruises captured on photo by Officer Peraza’s ex-wife submitted for evidence of domestic abuse.

In addition, the ex-wife called Internal Affairs only to receive a call back from her divisional captain questioning whether she called IA.  This divisional captain goes onto say that if she did call Internal Affairs to leave it alone and let it play out and that she was going to promote.

Oh did I forget to mention that Officer Peraza’s ex-wife is also a police officer with the LAPD?

So how does this story end?

Well the ex-wife does end up promoting to the rank of detective.

That Board of Rights termination hearing and all of that evidence as it turns out wasn’t needed after all.  Why you ask?  Because Chief Beck used what is known as a military endorsement to send the case from a Board of Rights to a settlement hearing where the rumor is Officer Peraza received a penalty of a five-day suspension for physically abusing his ex-wife, her mother and sister.

A military endorsement is a lifeline of sorts when you are about to face a Board of Rights.  It gives the next level reviewer, basically anyone higher in rank in the disciplinary process, the option of canceling the BOR in lieu of a lesser punishment.

And for those naysayers who think I am making it all up, here’s the text message from an investigator in Inspector General Alex Bustamante’s Office to Officer Peraza’s ex-wife confirming Beck’s decision.

Text message between Officer Peraza's ex-wife and Internal Affairs investigator confirming Chief Beck's involvement.

Text message between Officer Peraza’s ex-wife and an Inspector General’s office investigator confirming Chief Beck’s involvement.

For the record, the end of that text message reads as follows exactly:

…bill of rights I can’t say what the findings were

Officer Peraza, who had been working under Chief Beck as his Military Liaison Officer ended up marrying the woman he was having an affair with in the Department, one Chief Beck’s daughter’s closest friends LAPD Officer Susan Torres.  I’m told he was recently sent over to Olympic Station.

(L-R) LAPD Officers Susan Torres and Brandi Scimone-Pearson

(L-R) LAPD Officers Susan Torres and Brandi Scimone-Pearson

Meanwhile, the family of the ex-wife has filed a complaint with the Inspector General because they were victims of his abuse as well and are none too please with the outcome of this case.  I’m told that they did this only after they were convinced not to go to the media by the ex-wife who had faith in the Department, Chief Beck, and the system to do the right thing by her and her family.  They are asking for the case to be re-opened, an end to the Department’s unfair disciplinary process and overall justice for people Peraza’s innocent victims.

In addition, all of this is being or has been sent over to the Police Commission for review.

According to a 2005 report Batterers with Badges: Officer-Involved Domestic Violence, of the 91 cases of alleged OIDV investigated by the Los Angles Police Department and sustained between 1990 and 1997, “only 4 resulted in a criminal conviction.” One of those  four officers “was suspended for only 15 days” and the conviction of another was expunged. On the other hand, 26 of the 91 officers “were promoted, including 6 employees who promoted within 2 years of the … incident.”

An in-depth investigation of the Department conducted by the Office of the Inspector General concluded that the discipline imposed on officers found guilty of domestic violence “was exceedingly light when the facts of each incident were examined”

I’d like to get my hands on more recent numbers involving OIDV investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department (hint hint), but we’ll work with what we have.

I’ll leave you with this quote from an article in the Daily News featuring Chief Beck and then mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

The LAPD gets about 48,000 domestic violence calls per year. The department investigates about 20,000 as actual crimes, according to Beck, who called domestic violence a “crime against society.”

 

UPDATED Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:12 p.m. to include screenshot of text message from Officer Alex Peraza to someone close to the situation between him and his ex-wife. The text message was sent after one of the domestic violence incidents mentioned above.

Text message from Officer Alex Peraza after a DV incident with his ex-wife.

Text message from Officer Alex Peraza after a DV incident with his ex-wife.

 

 

The Court of Public Opinion

  • REAL TRUTH

    the evidence shows her credibility.

  • REAL TRUTH

    Claremont PD interviewed both of them on the same night…
    the ex husband gave his side and admitted to the gun incident.
    If you have worked with her why didnt you report her lack of credibility then…”isnt that failure to report misconduct”.

  • REAL TRUTH

    Claremont Police interviewed both ….you dont know the truth on who this case was handed to … if you read the article you will see….so there is no crediblity in this comment because you speak without doing your investigation first… So do you make things up on cases.. seems like these comments dont have much hold…. I hope your loved ones never get hurt.

  • REAL TRUTH

    I see alot of hate… You bash the ex husband and the ex wife…you should of reported misconduct… From What i seen the ex-wife has worked very hard and has great work ethics..Again you have no hold on your comments… evidence is there..

  • REAL TRUTH

    The very last incident that was reported
    was when claremont police came out to her house.
    we just need to becareful if we dont know the real truth. why is this ok for you

  • REAL TRUTH

    she is over this. She is a happy woman now. She is happy to be alive. She is fending for mom sister and herself. If your mom was battered wouldnt you fight for fairness. Or is it that
    people here dont love their mom, So because the mom sister or her have dirty laundry you think its ok. The family didnt have to be part of the cronies or politics

  • REAL TRUTH

    Your comment does not hold any merit. You werent there for the interviews. This family has heart but involved thier mother and sister and was slapped on the face with five days. Hope your mother doesnt ever get hurt. Claremont police is not the one who handled. Like i told mijo that he/she needs to read the facts and evidence. there is a lot more evidence on this and the hateful comments are not making you all look good. they are making you all look like you have beat on woman too and that its ok.

  • REAL TRUTH

    The real truth. All this does not matter and hold merit on domestic violence.
    The ex wife was invited to a birthday party. As she knocked at the door a co worker opened the door for her and friends. He hugged her as a friend and kindly welcomed them in. I remember he had his arm on her shoulder as they walked in. All of a sudden a crazy jealous women said “Get the f” out of here.!” The co worker said, “hey leave her alone she is one of us”… The ex wife turned to leave and drops something of hers on the floor. She bent down to pick it up and was immediatly attacked by PSR’s that were also involved in a”bus party fight” . We could not believe how officers allowed the PSr’s to hit the ex -wife just because she was talking to her “supposedly good friends”.
    You all know how rumors are in this department that are not true. This is what happened and this was discovered after a IA investigation. Lesson learned by everyone dont trust anyone. Family is first. And like you said allegedly involved with. False rumors. She beleived they were friends and trusted them only to see that they werent true friends. Jealous Psr’s that did not
    know she was a co worker. Makes me sick to see how you are all bringing stuff up that have nothing to do with this family

  • REAL TRUTH

    im sure they have a life other then this blog.

  • REAL TRUTH

    And after the text he was saying sorry to the ex wife
    and gave her flowers. he also told the ex wife he would change and made up.
    you know how the cycle of violence goes.

  • REAL TRUTH

    she is actually a great police officer and i know both of them too, from what i know there work ethics have nothing to do with this. Sounds like hate, would you be ok with your mom being thrown to the ground while defending her daughter from being hit? The ex wife has proved her side what is his side just words like yours?
    wouldnt you defend your family if it was only addressed on favoritism what if it was your mom or sister who got hit. would you fight for your family in any way

  • REAL TRUTH

    I have known the ex wife and has seen her heart, she is a woman who has gone through hardships and yet endures thanks to God. She is truly a strong woman after my own heart, my own mother has been abused countless times by men and now she has to live with being blind in one eye. I stand firm for the ex wife because too many women are under wicked men and there corrupt and manipulated ways, the ex wife has been a true teacher a woman that will motivate me to reach beyond the depths of my own self confidence. I will always be greatful for her and hold her in my heart with so much love and warmth, My heart goes out to all of the women that are being abused daily. She is no where near the comments you have posted, you bash her perhaps because you have not experienced the domestic voilence cycle yourself. Its not ok!

  • REAL TRUTH

    joe from LA thank you for supporting the ex wife her elderly mother and sister lets pray that wife number three never gets abused by the ex husband.

  • REAL TRUTH

    Lets forget the ex wife for a moment. Seems like you have personal bad blood with her. So if your mom was hit and pushed down to the floor. Are you okay with five days suspension on the guy who hit your mom. Do you love your mom? She loves her family just in case you dont know what that is this is what one does to fight for her mom and sister. Seriously whats wrong with you cronies.
    Hopefully your mom never gets hurt.

  • Overthisdrama

    Are you serious? Again it’s someone else’s fault ~ the ex wife is the one dragging this out in the public forum. And yes you are right, you reap what you sow – I know the ex was not so nice to others and this is what happens…. People will not stand quiet now that you want to try to ruin others lives. Grow up & move on.

  • C4 5150 only

    No those were not the same PSR’s on that party bus. I know that for sure 2 different circles. The party bus incident were newer PSR’s. Well why didn’t the PSR’s get fired from the Hotel incident for assault or ADW on a PO???? Because they were all at fault it was squashed and swept under the carpet. Domestic Violence is never okay and if one or the other is the aggressor then the passive or victim should leave after all we are in law enforcement we should no better and first hand I know oh so well about DV. I am saying stop the rumors or say the truth as a matter of fact lets all stop. What is this doing for the people involved?

  • mijo

    Yup she proved her side but he was never convicted of a crime. Anybody can accuse someone of anything. If u base things on facts of this story, 1.) A police report was taken. 2.) there is a picture of visible injuries, everything else is accusations. Give me a conviction in a court of law and I would have no response. This is USA not Mexico and fortunately we do things a little different over here. Continue on with your novela.

  • 123

    Even if this ex wife was a nut (and yes they can be victims of DV too), there is no excuse for not interviewing all of the witnesses, that’s simply unsat, or maybe even dishonest. Aside from the DV incident, I want to know why the ex wife’s elderly mother was not interviewed about the alleged physical abuse against her? Isn’t that Elder abuse? Ill tell you what if that was my mother that was physically abused, and they just brushed it away, I would be raging pissed, and would be doing exactly what this female officer is doing.

  • Violetsareblu

    You are clearly emotionally tied to this. My comment was merely a few questions, no hate anywhere. Your comment “hope your mother doesn’t ever get hurt” is ignorant and immature. I do not condone violence. Claremont handled, then they didn’t, which is it? How can LAPD handle a crime report from another agency? Your statements are all over the place. Good luck to all parties involved. If I had friends that divulged my personal business in a blog, I’d really need to find new ones.

  • Overthisdrama

    Well I am sure he learned his lesson & made better choices with this wife. This one probably won’t provoke him & do this crap for attention.

  • Overthisdrama

    Too funny! Sad thing is that if she was a Great officer – detective she would know what is expected for a conviction & she would not have waited to report the crime & think that would not be questioned. Have you never had to deal with a victim that was just trying to get back at an ex?? Come on already!

  • Overthisdrama

    Emotionally connected because we are talking to the ex wife & her BFF on these responses.

  • mijo

    The victim is definitely leaving comments on this blog, based on her multiple personalities under multiple names also.

  • mijo

    I’m sure PD refused to interview a witness and risk losing their job. I have never heard of refusing to interview a wit but maybe this case is the exception.

  • Overthisdrama

    Always the “victim”…. Especially knowing both involved are officers – I am sure the officers, detectives, attorneys & LAPD conspired against the ex wife….

  • Violetsareblue

    Well, if that’s true, I get the emotional connection now. Dirty laundry aired, hope they find happiness.

  • joe ofcr

    I’ve worked with ex-wife and i can say she is a good hard-working officer (before she promoted to det) I can’t comment on Alex because I don’t know him but the discipline system does feel unfair

  • Spencer Jacobson

    So are you saying she beat herself?

    There are pictures of the wounds!

    And why did the officer apologize if he didn’t do anything?

  • sworn

    Jasmyne, they are attacking the Victim because it’s the Good Old Boys Club and even though it’s 2014, there are quite a few male Officers that don’t think women should be Officers. In their eyes she also broke the LAPD Code of Silence by reporting serious misconduct and they can care less what happened to her. I wish her the best of luck. She is so much better off not being married to that Adam Henry.

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