Help LAPD Chief Beck Help You Help Him

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).

 

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is not holding true to his repeated pledges to make the Department more accountable and transparent.

Our latest example involves the case of Clinton Alford Jr. and our friends over at LAPD’s Newton Division. Which by the way I will say, has got to be the worst division of the LAPD.

If you recall, the 22-year-old Alford’s arrest made headlines when news broke of possible misconduct including extreme use of force by the officers involved.

Mr. Alford says that he was riding his bicycle home on Avalon Boulevard near 55th Street when he was forcefully stopped by a Latino man in plainclothes who turned out to be an undercover police officer. At that time the man did not identify himself as a police officer. Alford started to run because according to him, “unarmed young Black males have recently been killed by ‘peace’ officers or have been the recipient of bullets from gang members who have mistaken them for rival gang members.” I can’t really argue with that assessment.

According to Mr. Alford, after the officers caught up with him and even though he voluntarily laid down in the street and put his hands behind his back, he was then tased in the back and rendered disabled.

It was around this time that all hell broke loose.

According to Mr. Alford he was then beaten and repeatedly kicked in the head. He says that he was kicked so hard that a filling in his tooth fell out causing severe nerve damage and knocking him unconscious.

Alford was described by witnesses as limp and motionless after the beating and had to be carried by several officers to the patrol car.

The arrest record showed the “arresting officer” as Julio Cortez, the “second arresting officer” as Richard Garcia. Others involved include officers Tornek, Rosas, McCoy and Detective Steven Razzo.

Mr. Alford insists that at no time was he ever told that he was being detained or arrested.

When word started to leak outside of the Department about the incident the LAPD decided to issue a very vague press release without really going into details.

In the release Chief Beck said that he was “extremely concerned about this particular use of force.”

It’s hard for me to take Chief Beck seriously about his alleged extreme “concern” when this statement was made nine days after the incident and only when details of the incident had been leaked to the media. If he was as “concerned” as he claimed to be the Department would have issued the statement the day of the incident.

“Let me be very clear. Any officer that is found to abuse the public is not welcome in this department, and we will apply whatever legal or administrative means necessary to insure the community’s trust without exception,” Beck said.

Well the entire incident was recorded on video by a nearby shop. So in addition to what I described for you, according to those who have seen the tape, the video also shows that after Mr. Alford had been put in the car the officers noticed the camera on the wall and Officer Garcia (I believe) who kicked Alford, knocks on the door the business and enters the building.  Now, I wonder why he did that (in my most facetious voice).

Alford was booked on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest and pled not guilty. Last week all of those charges were miraculously dropped against him. It probably had a lot to do with the City not wanting to give up the videotape during the discovery process and risk it being leaked to the media.

So let’s talk about that videotape.

It is currently in the possession of the Chief Beck and the LAPD and according to sources, the Chief has no plans on ever releasing it—if not compelled to do so by a court of law.

There has been no announcement by Chief Beck on the fate of the officers and detective involved or even an update on where the Department is in its investigation of the incident.

Beck, along with the officers and detective involved as well as the City of Los Angeles are the defendants in a Federal lawsuit that seeks compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of Alford.

Beck promised transparency and fairness when he took office in 2009 and again in 2014.

It’s kind of ironic that right after he’s sworn in for a second term and makes promises of yet even more accountability and transparency that Beck’s first two acts are exactly the opposite of that.

Transparency and accountability isn’t delaying the release of an autopsy report and the results of an officer-involved-shooting investigation in the death of an unarmed Black man. Nor is it refusing to release a video that shows officers engaging in the very act that Angelenos have been marching and protesting about for a week—police brutality.

Chief Beck should release the video of Clinton Alford’s beating by officers of the LAPD as a step forward in his pledge to be more transparent and accountable to the citizens of Los Angeles.

 

The Police Commission meets most Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at LAPDHQs.  From what I am told, there are usually plenty of seats as the public rarely shows up.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • 2UrbanGirls

    Hopefully the video tape evidence isn’t destroyed prior to trial.

  • Boo Hoo

    Who cares about this? Any of you readers have a picture of Captain Lillian Caranza at the Chief Holliday Party? Word is she was dressed like a three dollar whore. Nipples were ripping out of her super short, super tight dress with high heels. A little bird also mentioned she was riding solo; husband bailed.

  • LA LUZ

    The police department needs to disband Newton Division just like they did with Rampart. There are too many officers and supervisors that have worked there too long and have gotten mighty comfortable in their positions. Take it from someone who worked there for two years. Its a different breed of officers and supervisors who think they are above the law. Lt. Barboza, who recently was demoted, spearheaded and led this group of impressionable officers to be who they think they are today. Captain Prokop has no leadership skills and crap rolls downhill. What do you expect, until the Department owns up to their mistakes at Newton (all the cover up’s, Chief Perez namely backing his people who committed misconduct) Newton will still be the cesspool of officers that have a chip on their shoulder and think that everyone should respect them. Get with the times!

  • Greenbayallday

    Newton Cop for sure! Look at the maturity!

  • Hurray at last….

    At least 80% of the woman cops in Newton have bolt on’ (fake tits). Gotta love it. Lol

  • moore2317

    WHAT DOES CAPTAIN LILLIAN CARRANZA HAVE TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS OR “HURRAY AT LAST” COMMENT ON THE WOMEN COPS IN NEWTON? DID CARRANZA’S HUSBAND TELL YOU HE BAILED? NO!!! BOTH YOUR COMMENTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ARTICLE AS WRITTEN!!! GOD DON’T LIKE UGLY. IT IS WRITTEN YOUR MOUTH CAN GET YOU IN TROUBLE!!! THEREFORE, YOU NEED TO BE CAREFULL OR WATCH WHAT YOU SAY THAT CAN COME BACK AND BITE YOU!!! THEN WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LOL?

  • moore2317

    EVENTUALLY THEIR IMMATURITY WILL CATCH UP WITH THEM.

  • robert peel

    where are the experienced sgts to control officers, where are the senior lead officers to show leadership , i can remember the media years ago telling everyone how the new breed is more progressive and how community orientated they are. whats gone wrong as all over the usa crime is down but the police have become so aggressive something has gone wrong

  • Thank you.

  • SurfPuppy619

    “Let me be very clear. Any officer that is found to abuse the public is not welcome in this department, and we will apply whatever legal or administrative means necessary to insure the community’s trust without exception,” Beck said.
    ==
    Unless you’re Shaun Hillman and pulled an ADW, as in pointing a loaded firearm at another person while drunk and off duty, then abusing the public is A-OK, right Shaun and Charlie!

  • SurfPuppy619

    BTW, al of the video will have to be turned over in the federal civil rights lawsuit, no hiding it now….if Beck were smart- which he is not- he would have released it already because it IS coming out. Better to be in front of the 8-Ball than behind it….

  • SurfPuppy619

    If it is destroyed Beck will be going to jail on an obstruction of justice beef, but worse than that the judge would give a jury instruction that the jury can accept as true everything Alford claims happened and would have been on the video ….only an idiot would destroy relevant evidence.

  • SurfPuppy619

    Once Bratton left so did his culture…. which was 100 times better than Beck.

  • SurfPuppy619

    Pics or it never happened…

  • SurfPuppy619

    Yep, and then it will be on like Donkey Kong!

  • robert peel

    to some extent true , however all the police chiefs and wanna be chiefs all bought into this community police that no one defined. it sounded good, but i was looked at as nuts by one captain when i said ,if we are not careful this is basically communism and could become oppressive . well every one is putting so much pressure to produce numbers we have police citing for everything ,involved in every aspect of citizens lifes and now we have chaos within the police,bratton has been praised for his comstat but every action has a reaction and this is where we are at.as for beck he is a pathological liar and i proved in in a lawsuit i won, however nearly everyone involved all got promoted. the problem is that many cops should not be hired in the first place ,the public would be shocked if they were aware of the nutcases on the job.any cops can use force but its the once who use it as a last resort and only the minimum required that the public never hear about and many in the department look upon as to liberal.their should be major commendations and ceromonies for this type of police work.

  • SurfPuppy619

    Can’t argue with you….

  • robert peel

    trouble is now we have all these experts coming out the closet, but the real solution is the silent majority on the job who like people do their job well but their opionion is never sort. in 20 years from now the same debate will be going on but in reality police work hasnt changed on the street level since robert peel days lol

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  • TM

    ^ sooo random and irrelevant to the article..need drama? watch a telenovela..#getalife

  • Guest

    All this post did for me was make me wish I had gone to that Christmas party

  • Pio Pio

    I saw pics and that is bad info. She was wearing a long gown and her husband was wearing a tie to match her dress.

  • guest

    Well…if the video is part of a Federal lawsuit now, it is considered evidence in a civil suit. Neither Mr. Alford’s attorney nor the LA city attorney can release it until the completion of the court proceedings. But you probably already knew that.

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