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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).

 

“For this or any other police department to maintain the confidence of the public, it must be clear to officers that they are expected, above all, to be consistently honest in their personal and public life. —The Los Angeles Police Department

 

By now the word is out that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck perjured himself before Angelenos via the media when he said that he had nothing to with the purchase of a horse from his daughter for use in the Department’s Mounted Platoon.

“Yesterday, I stated that the paperwork for the donation of a horse originally owned by my daughter, LAPD Officer Brandi Scimone, and purchased with private funds ‘Steered completely around me,”’ Beck said in a statement released by the department.

“Since that time, I reviewed the file and realized that I had signed the LA Police Foundation’s grant request after the donation had been evaluated and approved by the Office of Special Operations and had also signed the intradepartmental correspondence to the Board of Police Commissioners to approve of the donation. Therefore, I now realize that my comments were mistaken.

“After evaluating the circumstances of this donation, in retrospect, I should have ensured that the department had formally transmitted to the commission the additional documentation on file which identified the original owner of the horse. I will continue to work with the commission to increase the department’s transparency.”

Using LAPD’s terminology, our chief of police provided false and misleading statements.

If that had been a member of the LAPD’s rank-and-file we might have been looking at the newest member of LAPD’s Brady list.

Oh, what’s that you say?  It’s a blacklist of sorts that is kept by prosecutors with the names of officers who are said to have credibility issues.  Credibility issues because they have been caught lying.

Ever since the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors are required to notify defendants and their attorneys whenever a law enforcement official involved in their case has a sustained record for knowingly lying in an official capacity.

If a cop is found to be lying, that cop might receive what is known as a Brady letter placed in his or her file and from there on out would be referred to as a “Brady cop.”  More often than not cops end up terminated if they’re caught or even suspected of lying about anything, unless as I am told they are “sponsored.”

Brady letters are usually reserved for the rank-and-file and that I know of never for the brass—let alone the chief of police. And “Brady cops” don’t testify in court because they can’t be trusted they are just lucky to still have their jobs like Officer Shaun Hillman.

Although Beck is not required these days to testify in a court of law (he is after all the chief of police), it’s about the principle of the matter in the court of public opinion.