Did the LAPD Cover Up a Lieutenant’s DUI?

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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).

 

When last we spoke about what I like to refer to as Hoopesgate, I laid out for you the situation between Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck’s daughter Brandi “A horse is a horse, unless of course” Scimone-Pearson and Hollywood Division’s own Sergeant George Hoopes.

Now if you’re new to this story, here’s a recap.

Legend has it that Officer Scimone-Pearson engaged in a sexual tryst with Sgt. Hoopes. Hoopes was investigated for having inappropriate sexual relationships with female officers under his supervision. According to LAPD insiders, Beck’s daughter provided false and misleading statements during the course of that investigation as it related to Hoopes.

Still with me?

As the story goes, when the charges of inappropriate sexual relations/unbecoming conduct were being read during Hoopes’s Board of Rights hearing, he challenged the charges by saying something along the lines of: “Well, if you are going to charge me for those three (or four), you might as well charge me for the other one.”

When all the dust was settled and the Board Chair inquired what he meant by those statements, the sergeant implicated another female officer, allegedly Officer Scimone-Pearson, and threatened to notify the press.  Yes–he pulled a Lyga.

The Chief was immediately notified, the Board of Rights proceedings were aborted, and the matter was eventually settled with the sergeant being restored to his original rank of Sergeant II.

I’m told that once the Chief became aware of the situation, Beck hurried up and cancelled Hoopes’s disciplinary hearing and restored his ranking in an effort to make sure that the information never saw the light of day.

Everyone I have talked to about this situation says that the “dirt” that Sergeant Hoopes threatened Chief Beck with was naked photos of his daughter he had taken during the time they were dating.

Allegedly Beck’s daughter became infuriated when she found out about Hoopes’s sexual liaisons with other female officers so she told on him to her father who had him investigated and sent to the Board of Rights. Beck just didn’t know about the naked photos of his daughter or the fact that Hoopes was willing to leverage them to keep his job.

Hoopes ended up sending the photos to Newton Division’s Lieutenant Andrew Barboza. Internal Affairs was sent to Barboza’s home to retrieve the photos from Barboza’s cell phone but according to his colleagues he got a heads up and erased them completely by having the “phone washed.”

In response to this, Beck demoted Barboza’s boss Captain Rodriguez for allowing Barboza to destroy the evidence before Internal Affairs could get to it.

But let’s stay on Lt. Barboza for a moment–because that’s really who I want to talk about.

Word has it that Barboza was demoted yesterday from a ranking of Lieutenant II to I.

Why you ask?

I’m told he was involved in an unreported DUI a few months back. A DUI that Newton Captain Ed Prokop, Assistant Chief Jose Perez, and Chief Charlie Beck are believed to have known about and purposefully kept on the low. But you know, I don’t think Barboza is a friend of the Chief’s considering he had those photos of daughter allegedly from Hoopes.  Wait wait wait, maybe that’s why they did keep it on the low low because he still has those pictures.  Duh Jasmyne!

But there’s more—there always more.

I’m also told that just a few days ago this same Lt. Barboza was riding somewhere out of the county in his police vehicle when he was rear-ended.

They say the back of the police car was smashed up pretty bad and that Barboza called LAPD Traffic Division to report the accident—as it is required by LAPD policy. Barboza also called the accident in to Newton Division and Captain Kowolsky sent another lieutenant to go and check on the status of the situation with the accident. The car was towed to LAPD’s Central garage for repair and Barboza hitched a ride back with the Newton Lieutenant.

And then yesterday morning he was mysteriously demoted. Now I’m not saying that this more recent accident was the result of him drinking and driving again, but his colleagues sure do believe that’s exactly what happened and that this time the Department couldn’t cover it up.

Now in case you’re missing the point of this little story.

Any other (non sponsored) police officer would be terminated for lying about being arrested for a DUI and then not reporting it to the Department. That’s what we civilians call a no-no.

We’ve already discussed Newton Division Captain Ed Prokop’s alleged DUI in full detail.

All in all it’s been a busy past couple of days for the Department’s media relations section. Between the cop who got popped for exposing himself in the park, to the one sentenced to 25 years in prison for having sex with prostitutes to Shootin’ Newton’s Parolee Compliance Unit who got caught kicking an arrestee in the head, dare I ask what’s to come next.

Now if I’m wrong about Barboza, I am sure the Department will waste no time in putting out a Nixle release about some unnamed blogger spreading rumors and lies.

But if I’m not wrong and what I was told is actually and factually true…

Ya’ll pray for LAPD’s Newton Division, this just isn’t their year.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Pio Pio

    What a hot mess. I susepct Once Barboza retires the photos will be leaked. Chief Perez will take care of Ed Prokop and Andy Barboza. This discipline systeme is is all about who you know. So who is the new Captain at Newton that will have to clean up all of this mess?

  • ronart lexicon

    You figure Sgt. Hoopes took skin pics of Officer Scimone during a private bedroom tryst, then sent those gifs to Lt. Barboza? That would be a lowly act, for sure – might even break some laws.
    However, maybe SGT. Hoopes never took any photos of Officer Scimone. maybe Hoopes just forwarded some of the selfies she sent to his phone.

  • prefer facts

    there is no hope for jasmyne to ever be a legitimate journalist. this blog is nothing more than a gossipy tabloid.

  • Truth of the matter

    Becks Shady.

  • NinaG

    So sick of this department and its cheating, thieving, lying employees. I should know, I work with them…

  • Truth101

    Barboza is a slimy snake who has been slithering along getting away with murder for a long time. Not only is he inadequate as a supervisor, he has the IQ of a pre-schooler. He has never been a true leader and it shows as he is continually partaking in immature and unethical behavior as he gets slapped on the hand. Why he is allowed to continue is unknown to me. His racial jokes, sexually offensive jokes and inappropriate pictures that he sends on his department phone to his peers and subordinates are a testament to his immaturity. Everyone just stands around all the while he commits this misconduct stating “that’s just the way he is”. He is a huge liability to the City and a buffoon that is proud and brags to the guys about his daughter who is a stripper (where is his character?). Oh wait, if I say any more, he may trip on the stairs again and go off work on IOD for a so called injury. This is who Barboza is. Captain Prokop has protected this behavior. This is the face of LAPD.

  • Truth101

    So, your one of Barboza’s dumb followers. Good luck with that mentality. You are living in the dark. Take off your blinders!

  • popoesq

    To answer your rhetorical question, you are wrong. The Hoopes case never made it to a Board, so the Board never stopped the proceedings. that is just BS. Also, Capt. Prokop story was rumor from day 1. You have never blogged one fact that has been confirmed. While I applaud your exposure of corruption, try doing some journalistic fact checking so that you gain some credibility.

  • prefer facts

    i have never met the man… just a comment on the difference between an objective journalist and a hate mongering blogger…..

  • SurfPuppy619

    After the Hillman cover up anything is possible.
    DI wish someone would post up nude pics of Beck’s daughter, that would be so awesome….what kind of IDIOT allows (a BF/GF/anyone to take) NUDE pics of themselves. If she were in high school I would give her a one-time pass for inexperience and youthful ignorance, but this is an LAPD COP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SurfPuppy619

    i have never met the man…
    ==
    And Mark Furman never used the N-word….Oh, wait, Furman DID use the word, thousands of times, and it was recorded. My bad 🙂

  • SurfPuppy619

    That would be a lowly act, for sure – might even break some laws.
    ==
    Lowly act, yes. break some laws? Civil maybe, but not criminal.

  • SurfPuppy619

    He is a huge liability to the City and a buffoon that is proud and brags to the guys about his daughter who is a stripper (where is his character?)
    ==
    Employer and stage name please !!

  • Truth101

    There must be a shred of truth, otherwise why would you be reading and commenting? In addition to that, take it from somebody who has worked with and been a party to his ridiculousness immaturity and illegal unethical ways. He is a horrible leader. The people he surrounds himself with and who promote him are unsavory characters as well.

  • C4Adam

    Well said. I put the blame on Charlie Beck, his poor leadership has created this sick environment.

  • Truth101

    Sick evironment from top down, Via Cheif Perez. Perez has been hiding Barbozas antics for a long time.

  • prefer facts

    if you are an lapd cop this blog is all fun and games until she decides to put your personnel file on blast and endanger your family….

  • Legacy Killer

    I am not buying this story. So he gets rear-ended in a crash and now somehow he is arrested for DUI? This meager attempt at blogging would not even cut it for TMZ. I mean what does a San Bernadino Officer getting 25 years for sex with prostitutes have to do with the year Newton is having? I do not like Beck myself but find your myself disliking your blog even more by the minute. I should have known better after you made a victim of a parolee who refused arrest by running away from police officers and was kicked in the head. Get real lady.

  • dogcop

    NinaG, you are just as guilty. failing to report these “cheat, thieving, lying, employees”, which you are one too, makes you a coward and a fraud if you are claiming to be so high and mighty.

  • robert peel

    most good members of the lapd have no idea how corrupt it is until they themselve report misconduct.the lies an effort they make to destroy your life and discredit you is something most cant believe until it happens to you.the sad part is usually the ones involved get promoted and your left with a life in shatters getting through the day on very strong medication.

  • moore2317

    I WONDER WHO WAS THE LT THAT PICKED BARBOZA UP AFTER THE DUI INCIDENT?

  • moore2317

    CAPTAIN PROFOP IS STILL THE CAPT ISN’T HE?

  • moore2317

    HOW DO YOU KNOW? BASED ON MY KEEPING IN TUNE WITH THIS STUFF, SOMEONE OR SEVERAL PEOPLE AT NEWTON HAS GOT TO BE FEEDING INTO HER SYSTEM. AND…NOT JUST NEWTON. APPEARS THAT A LOT OF IT IS BASED ON FACTS IF YOU WATCH THE NEWS MEDIA.

  • moore2317

    I THINK SHE WAS JUST SHOWING THE THINGS THAT SOME OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT DOING OR INVOLVED WITH. I DON’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OPINION AND SHE IS EXPRESSING HER’S THAT JUST MAY BE BASED ON FACTS. IF YOU ARE DISCONTENT WITH WHAT SHE’S WRITING, THEN WHY STAY TUNED IN TO HER SITE???

  • moore2317

    I HEARD THAT!!!

  • moore2317

    DID YOU REPORT THEM? DON’T SEE WHERE WHAT NINAG SAID THAT PROJECTED BEING HI AND MIGHTY.

  • moore2317

    HOW DO YOU KNOW? WHERE IS THE INFO COMING FROM?

  • moore2317

    SINCE I HAVE KNOWN ABOUT JASMYNE’S SITE WITH HER COMMENTS, I HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH MUCH OF WHAT SHE IS REPORTING OR WRITING ON. I HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU, THERE MUST BE A SHRED OF TRUTH IN ALL SHE HAS WRITTEN. IF YOU GO TO HER FACE BOOK PAGE, YOU WILL ALSO SEE, SHE HAS WORKED TO HELP FOLKS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN LAPD’S SYSTEM.

  • no dirty birdies

    I monitor the site because she has previously, illegally and immorally, released information on the minor children of law enforcement officers, endangering them. She has no scruples and prints outright lies under the guise of being “opinions.”

  • ugh

    and we all know the news media is a reliable source of facts lol…..

  • Pio Pio

    Unfortunately, he still is the Captain so he can continue to drive that place to the ground. But in
    true LAPD tradition he will be rewarded and sent to a place like Metro.
    After all is who you know or what you know about buried skeletons.

  • Pio Pio

    You really know him! He is protectied by Jose Perez so as long as the top remains corrupt, nothing will change. Based on your assessement, Barboza is the Latino Version of Frank Lyga.

  • Truth101

    For the record this was reported. Do you recall Captain Rodriguez being demoted and the “Newton family letter”? Since you missed that part of the conversation, Rodriguez was demoted when he told Barboza that IA was coming to get his phone. Subsequently the phone was erased, Barboza got Rodriguez demoted and Cheif Perez was aware of it all. Without the physical evidence Barboza got away with the misconduct. How proud he must be that his rotton ways got a captain demoted. If your his friend I urge you to beware he will sacrifice you too. For the record, Captain Rodriguez should be demoted for his actions. So who is high and mighty?

  • La Luz

    At the end of the day, God will judge Chief Perez, Rodriguez, Barboza and all the others who hurt people and step on others to protect their interests. They should be ashamed and remorseful of their evil ways as they judge others who have committed misconduct harshly. Judgement day will come for them also!

  • SurfPuppy619

    Amen brother!