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).
This story was updated 12/17/2015. All updates are at the bottom of the article.
There’s always some sort of shady business going on up on the 10th floor at the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters often referred to as PAB and today is no different.
So let’s see where to begin…
Last year we discussed a certain unethical captain who we’ll call Captain Machiavellian, who was involved in a well-known tawdry love affair with his adjutant who also just happened to be the wife of a cop. I know that’s a lot but stay with me. I’ll try to simplify it—Cop slept with cop who is also wife of cop.
Neither Captain Machiavellian nor his adjutant at the time seemed to have any shame in their game about what was going on as their affair was well-known throughout the Department much to the humiliation of the cop husband.
Now this captain, who is believed to be a favorite of Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy the Commanding Officer of Professional Standards Bureau, was widely known to have been personally handpicked by McCarthy to oversee the ethics unit of the Special Operations Division (SOD) after Commander Scott Kroeber’s rather shall we say sudden disappearance.
Last October Captain Machiavellian was quietly downgraded from a Captain III to a Captain II and shipped off to the Black Hole otherwise known as Office of Operations or OO. For those not in the know, OO is in charge of creating the deployment of officers and assets for the entire Department and is a well-known drop off spot for bad Captains that the Department can’t or won’t get rid of—or as I see it, one stop on the Department’s version of the Catholic church’s Vatican Shuffle.
Now while the Department will never confess to it, legend has it that McCarthy allegedly ordered Captain Machiavellian to end the affair he was having but he did not—hence his transfer to OO.
Think about it. The Captain of the ethics unit engaging in an affair with a subordinate who is also the wife of a detective doesn’t look good from any angle. Not to mention the hell they both put the husband through who I’m told tried to bring it to the Department’s attention many, many times and was rebuffed.
Eventually Captain Machiavellian emerged from the depths of OO and continued on his way winding up in West Traffic and if you think this is where the story ends my friends, think again.
It seems that Captain Machiavellian is believed to have been cooking the books over at West Traffic and was just sent back to OO. Yes, you read right.
Between my omnipresence and my sources, it looks like Captain Machiavellian was recently relieved of command and sent back to OO while the Department figures out what to do about his cooking of the books relating to traffic collisions.
Now for the record, I’ve known about this since the day the transfer happened. My sources keep me in the loop at all times–believe that. It was just my crazy schedule that didn’t allow me to actually write about it until today.
Well legend has it that Captain Machiavellian told members of the CAD otherwise known as the Crime Analysis Detail not to report all of the traffic collisions at once but rather to spread them out over time. Apparently some folks didn’t agree with this and tried to report it but it fell on deaf ears so they took their complaint straight to the Inspector General Alex Bustamante himself.
Shortly thereafter, Captain Machiavellian is reporting to OO once again but not before I’m told he made it clear that he didn’t appreciate being ratted on—which to me sounds a lot like a threat. But what do I know? Actually a lot, lol.
But the drama didn’t stop there because this all happened as folks were preparing for the next Compstat meeting. This is where the Department analyzes crime statistics and those in charge get grilled about their strategies on reducing crime in their areas. Compstat is a metric-driven system that the LAPD uses to reduce crime and was inspired by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s efforts to create meaningful metrics for other city departments.
And speaking of my Mayor, the discovery of the books being cooked at West Traffic also happened ahead of his big announcement of his “Vision Zero” initiative that called for city departments to pursue a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
So what does Captain Machiavellian have to do with the Mayor you’re asking yourself?
Well the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” initiative relied heavily on numbers supplied to his office by the LAPD. Numbers that the LAPD knew were inaccurate—at least where West Traffic was concerned. Remember, the West Traffic Division is responsible for the investigation of traffic collisions and traffic related crimes for all of Operations-West Bureau, which includes the patrol divisions of Hollywood, Olympic, Pacific, West Los Angeles, and Wilshire—and we all know that there are a lot of traffic collisions in these areas.
Word has it that neither Deputy Chief Michel Moore, our good friend Deputy Chief Michael Downing or Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger wanted any parts of the Mayor’s press conference or having to tell Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck that once again a Captain was caught cooking the books—especially after the ghost car scandal.
As of now, thanks to the Inspector General’s office an official complaint has been made and an investigation is under way. We’ll see if that investigation leads to Captain Machiavellian being sent to a Board of Rights hearing. Because as you know, Chief Beck only sends officers he wants to see terminated before a Board and that came straight from his mouth.
On a side note, karma is a–well you know the saying. There’s no love lost for Captain Machiavellian with most folks in the Department. When you sleep with a fellow cop’s wife seemingly with no remorse, folks tend to give you the side eye and feel some type of way about you. I seriously doubt anyone except for the person he had the affair with and his sponsor will be boohooing for him.
Okay folks, as in typical fashion the info has been pouring in about Captain Machiavellian and the cooking of the books over at West Traffic.
Well according to my omnipresence there are some missing books out of West Traffic as of late. Books as in binders full of numbers related to West Traffic’s traffic stats. Books that one might consider evidence of the crime committed by Captain Machiavellian. Books that no one seems to be able to locate–but I have a pretty good idea where they are.
I’ve been told that the missing books–no make that evidence— were handed off to Captain Machiavellian at an undisclosed location in West Bureau by a female white motor officer who was a part of his administrative staff.
Apparently, this all went down right after Captain Machiavellian was transferred back to OO after being reported to the Inspector General for asking members of the Crime Analysis Detail (CAD) to provide false and misleading information as it pertained to traffic stats out of West Traffic just prior to COMPSTAT a couple of weeks ago.
Now what books could Captain Machiavellian possibly need from West Traffic while he’s assigned to OO?
Is this a case of the cover up becoming worse than the initial crime?
We think so. Internal Affairs do your job and stop calling me asking me for information on where I get my information from. That part.
As for the female white motor officer who handed off the books to Captain Machiavellian, yes I know exactly who you are and where the handoff took place.
Everyone else keep the information coming. Teamwork makes everything work.
We’ve heard from a LAPD insider that Captain Machiavellian’s stunts and tricks got him recently downgraded from a Captain II to a Captain I and he’s headed to Hollenbeck Division (as if they don’t have enough problems already). Now remember, in October 2014 this same Captain was downgraded on the low for some other nefarious business from a Captain III in Internal Affairs to a Captain II in the Office of Operations before being shipped off to West Traffic. He couldn’t even make it a year without getting caught doing something that was obviously bad enough to downgrade him even more. The alleged downgrade doesn’t take place until the first DP (deployment period) of the new year but at least it’s a step right direction–he could have been promoted to Commander, because you know how they do.
But the question still remains. How many acts of serious misconduct does this particular member of command staff have to be found guilty of before the Department kicks him to the curb permanently and revokes his status as a Los Angeles Police Officer of any ranking? Based on the seriousness of the misconduct and the obvious pattern of bad behavior as a commanding officer why is the Department allowing him to stay a member of command staff? Now they’re putting him in charge of yet another division. I wonder if this had been anyone else would they have been demoted to the ranking of lieutenant and not just giving a slap on wrist downgrade and allowed to stay a Captain? I think we all know the answer to that.
I rest my case.
For those who aren’t familiar with a Transfer Order or how to read one, the one below states that effective January 1, 2016, Captain II E. Pape of West Traffic Division will be known as Captain I E. Pape of Hollenbeck.