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).
Bad 🍏 Report (But More Like Bad 🌰 Seed Report):
Through thin and thinner, I think we can all agree that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has had LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s back.
Let’s review, shall we?
Captain caught stealing money from a non-profit—Garcetti ain’t seen or heard nothing. Officers coming out of the woodwork in record numbers suing the Department for retaliation, harassment and discrimination—they’re the haters. Exposed for using public money to host a book signing for wealthy donors so that they could get up close and personal with a convicted Mexican mafia hitman for kicks—not a problem. Even when Beck was caught lying about okaying the purchase of that horse for his daughter to ride at work, Garcetti seemingly just shrugged it off.
Meanwhile, across the way from LAPD headquarters, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles is well into their second month camped outside of City Hall calling for Beck’s firing to no avail.
Garcetti has held fast to his support for Beck, saying on the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on KABC-AM radio recently “I believe in Charlie Beck’s leadership.”
“I think it was something reflected when the White House called a few police chiefs from around the country,” he said. “He (Beck) was one of the ones they reached out to. … He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect. The city’s not perfect. But he’s somebody I strongly support as someone who has continued to push forward with constitutional policing as a foundation for how we win trust.”
But that might all change with the filing of yet another lawsuit against the City and the Department alleging 10th floor shenanigans of the worst kind.
It seems that back in late 2014 then Sergeant II Cathy Marx reported (as she should have) a most troubling incident involving L.A.’s top cop to then Lieutenant Sean Parker (now Captain II) and Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy, the Commanding Officer of Professional Standards Bureau and a name that’s no stranger to regulars around these parts.
The email told Parker and McCarthy that they should warn Beck about his “drinking problem” because it had gotten around that while he was at a party at the Saddle and Sirloin Club—which I am going to assume referenced the 2014 LAPD Mounted Trail Ride and Benefit Dinner—Beck and cohorts got plastered and started passing around naked photos of their girlfriends via their cell phones. This, by the way, was before they left in their City owned cars.
Turn down for what?
That would be the very definition of DUI for those who are unclear.
The email goes on to say that there were witnesses who were appalled by Beck’s behavior and the behavior of the other officers with him.
Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself.
Well this email is only the tip of the iceberg in what is going to be a very interesting lawsuit that will soon be filed alleging retaliation and harassment for reporting some serious acts of misconduct that include Chief Beck and many of his cohorts. A lawsuit that I am sure City Attorney Mike Feuer won’t let see the light of day inside of a courtroom for trial.
But still, the question remains. What will Mayor Garcetti say and do about it (if anything)? But more importantly, will “this political hot potato” try and blame his behavior on the a a a a a alcohol?
Cheers! Now drink to that! 😆
Questions, concerns or comments?
Mr. Richard Tefank
Los Angeles Police Commission