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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).

This story has been updated.  All updates appear at the end of the original article.

 

With so much drama in the LAPD…

First there was LAPD Captain John Egan getting high off of marijuana.

Now let’s talk about the Captain who got arrested for a DUI.

The next time you get pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence Mr. or Ms. Civilian look straight into the eyes of the LAPD officer and say I know all about Captain Edward Propkop—and just to make sure you actually do, let me tell you about him.

As mentioned in LAPD Captain Peter Whittingham’s open letter to the Police Commission, there was a certain Captain who was arrested for a DUI.

 

LAPD Captain III Edward Prokop

LAPD Captain III Edward Prokop

…please start by asking him (again) about the captain who was stopped by Riverside Police for what may have been a DUI investigation.

Is it true that his relationship with the Chief influenced the abbreviated investigation and the eventual outcome of that incident?

To get the full story, you may want to have the Inspector General speak to the person who picked up the captain from Riverside Police, and his next-door neighbor who has the whole scoop on the incident.

According to LAPD insiders, that Captain was Ed Prokop of South L.A.’s Newton Division.  Captain Prokop replaced Captain Jorge Rodriguez when he was demoted for not getting Lieutenant Andrew Barboza’s phone before it could be washed of certain photos of Chief Charlie Beck’s daughter. We’ll call that scandal Hoopesgate.

Prokop is a Captain III and considered one of Chief Beck’s favorite young captains.  Prokop is said to have promoted from Sergeant to Captain III in record time and is line to be promoted to Commander.  Apparently Beck’s relationship with Prokop started when Prokop was a brand new officer at Southeast Division around 1996.

So back to the DUI…

Prokop was pulled over for a DUI in Riverside where he was taken to the police station and released to another LAPD Captain after getting the okay from Chief Beck.

One more time.

Prokop was pulled over for a DUI in Riverside where he was taken to the police station and released to another LAPD Captain after getting the okay from Chief Beck.

The DUI is said to be listed under “other” and this was intentional so that Prokop if asked about it could claim that he was under the influence of prescription meds and not alcohol (but it really was alcohol).

As we all know, a DUI is a DUI and cops aren’t supposed to get DUI’s of any kind.  End of story.

There was an Internal Affairs investigation but if Captain III Prokop is still on the job, then you know what kind of investigation it was as alluded to in Whittingham’s letter.

And for the naysayers in the media, this is something that many people in the Department know about, that is if you need corroboration.  Like Captain Whittingham said, check with Captain Prokop’s next-door neighbor.  I’d also check with Riverside PD and the California Highway Patrol.

I’m not done with Prokop.  There’s some ramblings about embezzled money, stolen laptops, and a lawsuit.  I’m checking into that and will let you know if there’s any truth to the allegations.  You know I will.

Updated Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.

Connecting the dots on Prokop’s “handling” includes making note of the fact that the chief of police in Riverside is Sergio Diaz who spent thirty-three years in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Updated at 10:30 p.m.

I’ve been told by a LAPD insider close to the situation that Captain Prokop was detained by the Riverside Police Department and not arrested.  Prokop allegedly flashed his badge and let the Riverside Police know that he was a cop with LAPD.

It is said that Deputy Chief Jose Perez, a close friend of Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz and who spent 33 years working in the LAPD, and Perez’s neighbor (not Prokop’s as earlier referenced) drove from Norco to pick up Prokop.  Perez’s neighbor got into the mix because Perez needed someone to drive the city car back.

I was also told that Inspector General Alex Bustamante interviewed both Prokop and the neighbor regarding the incident.

I’m working on verifying the date of the incident.  

More soon come…