Above is the audio clip of my appearance this morning on KABC 790 AM’s McIntyre in the Morning show discussing the Chief’s reappointment.
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).
Okay so Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has been appointed to another 5-year term. That should come as no surprise to anyone who lives in Los Angeles and has a pulse. As long as Mayor Eric Garcetti was supporting him, it was as we say, a done dada.
For those who don’t know, the Mayor appoints members to the Police Commission and of the five currently serving there’s only one he didn’t appoint. Incidentally, it was that one member who voted against reappointing Beck.
So I was none too surprised today to see a tweet from I believe @SteveSoboroff about standing behind Beck—although I did think it odd for him to be publicly tweeting his support of Beck considering he’s the President of the Police Commission. He must have thought better of it as well because he quickly deleted it and I haven’t been able to find it since. It was a tweet in response to a tweet @LAPDChiefBeck sent out yesterday. So much for being a civilian watchdog. But I digressed—but no not really.
So what’s next?
It’s going to be business as usual. Chief Beck was the head of the Department yesterday and he will be the head of the Department tomorrow. There are already a number of misconduct investigations underway in the Inspector General’s Office as well as various probes the Police Commission is allegedly spearheading. But again, when you have the President of the Police Commission tweeting that he’s standing with the Chief, it’s not likely much will come from the Commission’s investigations.
Before it’s all said and done though—and the it being Beck’s next five years—I suspect there will be multiple investigations and probes on various issues announced. The question is whether or not the findings are going to be announced just as loud.
It’s kind of like that 2013 survey where approximately 500 sworn Department employees were asked how they felt about the internal dealings of the Department. The impetus for the survey was the Christopher Dorner incident. As quiet as it is being kept, from what I hear folks are still waiting for the Department to release the findings and it’s been over a year now.
Me, I’m neither sad nor glad the Chief was reappointed. New chief or old chief there’s still work to be done and there always will be. I mean c’mon, this is Los Angeles.
Right now I’m more interested in finding out the status and findings of the investigation into why Chief Beck stopped a Board of Rights termination hearing for an officer involved in a domestic abuse case involving another officer.
Well that and other things. Stay tuned.