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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).

 

So Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck is angry with me according to the Los Angeles Times.

Chief Beck’s anger comes from the allegations surrounding his daughter Officer Brandi Pearson and her involvement in Hoopesgate and the fact that the news broke that it appears that she is in fact benefiting from being his daughter in the Department.

“I think the most troubling thing about this process has been the unsubstantiated allegations, the absolute untruths spoken about my family,” —LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

Well lookey here, if the only thing the Chief is worried about is his family’s reputation then I’d say that speaks volumes about him.

Uh hello? What about the reputation of the Department?

The Chief should be angry, but not with me.  He should be angry that his leadership, not mine, has opened the flood gates for members of the Department to air LAPD’s dirty laundry in hopes of shining a light on a rigged disciplinary system.  That’s a (hot) mess Jasmyne Cannick did not create.

“I feel I will be vindicated,” Beck said in comments to the Police Commission, referring to investigations being carried out by the department’s inspector general.

Well guess what?  I feel Beck will be vindicated too, especially seeing as how he has put certain people in strategic positions to control all of the investigations, evidence, findings, and reports.  How could he not be vindicated?

When Chief Beck first came into office we sat down in his new digs at police headquarters and he reiterated to me how transparent the new Beck-led LAPD was going to be.

LAPD Chief Beck and I during happier times.

LAPD Chief Beck and I during happier times.

Promises, promises.

I’m just saying.