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).
It’s been a while since we’ve had an addition to our sex, scandals and shenanigans series otherwise known as As the World Turns LAPD Edition, but alas, the wait is over.
I swear I couldn’t make this up even if I tried.
It seems that a complaint has been filed with the Office of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante (and Police Commission I’m told) regarding some alleged hanky panky going on between Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and newly promoted commanding officer Ruby Malachi of Media Relations and Community Affairs. Yes, you read right.
According to an anonymous letter dated March 15, 2015 to Inspector General Bustamante, Lt. Malachi and Chief Beck have been having an ongoing affair and her promotion is a direct result of it.
According to the immediate staff working for Gloria Grube, Commanding Officer of Personnel Group, Grube was directed by Chief Beck to make a 12th captain position as a “Special Position,” so that Ruby Malachi could be made a captain. There were only to be 11 captain promotions and the next round of captains would be made around April 2016. Grube directed her immediate clerical staff to create the position and not ask questions. Secretary Elsa Hernandez unwillingly created this position knowing it was unethical, and that no such authority number even existed; however, under the direction of Gloria Grube and Chief Beck, Hernandez complied. Grube had pressure on her, as she was next in line for promotion over Personnel Group as a Police Administrator.
In order to keep her close to him, Beck created a captain position for her within the building conveniently located on the second floor.
Therefore, keeping Malachi from managing a patrol division like all new captains are supposed to do when they are promoted to captain. The position Ruby Malachi took over is that of a lieutenant that use to be held by Lieutenant Andrew Niemen, who also became a newly appointed patrol captain at Van Nuys Division. Neimen was on the same exact promotional list as Ruby Malachi, which everyone thinks is unfair that he became a patrol captain and Ruby Malachi managed to become a captain over his old lieutenant job. Ruby Malachi has not only managed to be placed in coveted assignments and riding on the coat tails of Chief Charlie Beck for the past several years, but has now managed to not even work as a patrol captain and has avoided being held to the same requirements as all other newly appointed captains.
The letter goes on to say that Chief Beck’s security detail is fully aware of the affair and Inspector General to interview those cops who have allegedly transported Beck to secret meeting locations so that he can engage in his extramarital affair on the taxpayer’s dollar.
If that wasn’t enough for you, it’s alleged that members of Beck’s security detail know that Lt. Malachi’s husband, who is also a member of the Los Angeles Police Department—Air Support Division I believe—is very upset about what’s going on.
The letter says that Chief Beck needs to be investigated for sexual harassment as it relates to Lt. Malachi and that Beck has no right to take advantage of his position as chief of police and expect sexual favors in return for the promotion of women in the department.
Beck has no compassion for anyone, not even for the families he destroys, in this case Ruby Malachi’s own family, as she and her husband are headed to divorce court for her infidelities. We doubt Ruby Malachi even recognizes how her own personal agenda destroys others, such as her own family, her peers, and the organization as a whole. As for Beck, how could he even be appointed as the chief of police in this City, without morals or regard for his own people. Beck’s own arrogance and belief that the rules do not apply to him is appalling. Chief Beck has stooped to the lowest and has lost the respect of many in his rank and file, including some of those in the command staff.
The letter is simply closed with the following statement:
Mr. Bustamante, we urge you to investigate and ask questions. This matter should not be glossed over or ignored. We all deserve an equal opportunity when seeking a promotion that we are qualified for. Thank you.
Now I don’t know if any of this is true, but then again, that’s not my job now is it. It is the job of the Inspector General, Police Commission, etc. to investigate these claims to see if there is any merit to them.
What I do know is that just like with My Little Ponygate, Lygagate, Hoopesgate, Newtongate and Boxergate—the rank-and-file are not feeling Chief Beck and his perceived nepotism and favoritism. So much so that folks are willing to risk their careers to expose the hypocrisy going on within the department and its commanding officers.
Everyone knows from day one that the goal of the game is to promote in the LAPD. Those who are not “sponsored” have only their record of service to rely on in order to do so and in some cases the asses they must kiss. And quite frankly, sometimes that just ain’t enough.
It can’t be easy putting in years and years of dedicated service while having to watch the relatives of commanding officers and favorites just rise through the ranks because of their last name, who they’re friends with or who they are sleeping with.
Charlie—as he’s affectionately referred to as—and his crew have obviously angered the rank-and-file with all of their antics. The sad thing is, I don’t even think they’re aware of how much they are loathed.
At any rate, it looks like the Inspector General’s office is going to have yet another investigation to launch.
For the sakes of all parties involved, this is one scandal I hope isn’t true. I take no great pleasure in writing about these types of shenanigans. But if it is true, it merits more than just a comment card or the admission that mistakes were made. Wouldn’t you agree?