LAPD Captain at Center of Racism Lawsuit Might Be Promoted

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).

 

Updated 12/14/2015.  All updates are at the bottom of the post.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and the police commission have more problems than just the recent (but not unexpected) revelation that the Department has been continuing in its practice of cooking the books and the Los Angeles Police Protective League raising money for an officer convicted of assault on a women who died.

It would appear that Chief Beck is poised to promote a Captain who recently cost Angelenos $1.5 million after a 23-year Department veteran sued for being the target of vulgar racial harassment by a white supervisor and other officers.

Back in March of 2013 a jury awarded Earl Wright, a Black police officer, $1.2 million dollars after he alleged that the Department did nothing when he complained about his treatment on the job.

Court documents showed that Wright alleged that a Sergeant Peter Foster, a white officer who supervised the Community Relations Office in Central Division, gave him a 20-year anniversary cake with a fried chicken leg and slice of watermelon on top. Foster, is a part of the COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT also allegedly responded to a text from Wright asking for permission to leave work with, “Why? You gotta go pick watermelons?”

Other instances of the treatment that Wright endured including Foster sending Wright a text message depicting one yellow duckling with its arms raised above its head while standing in front of five black ducklings, according to the lawsuit, NBC reports. Under the depiction was a message that used a slang version of the “N” word to ask Wright what he was up to.

Wright also alleged that his face and that of another officer, Lenny Davis, were superimposed on a “Sanford and Son” poster that was plastered around the department.

Now if this how the Community Relations Office of the Los Angeles Police Department treats the Black people who work for and with them…exactly.

Fast forward to today and word around the Department is that one Captain Todd Chamberlain is up for promotion to the rank of Commander after taking the exam and being ranked in what the Department refers to as Band I. I’m told he’s also competing for the position against Captain Tighty Whities and some other nefarious characters in the Department but that’s another blog for another day.

There seems to be some real fear within the Department that Chief Beck might actually promote this guy even after he cost the City over a million dollars.

At the time of the jury’s decision, Chief Beck told the media that he was “truly saddened by the events that occurred in that work environment perpetrated by a few individuals, including Officer Wright.” Talk about blaming the victim. He added that the department “has used its experience from the allegations revealed in this case to more aggressively monitor workplace environments and investigate allegations of misconduct.”

This wouldn’t be the first time a Captain or member of the LAPD’s command staff participated in blatant misconduct and continued to rise in the ranks. Part of the problem the Department faces is that people are retiring faster than they can be replaced and to keep positions of leadership filled, the Department continues to promote those who are sponsored or are related to favorites.

If there weren’t merit to Officer Wright’s lawsuit, a jury wouldn’t have found in his favor and the city council wouldn’t have green lighted a $1,498,884 settlement covering attorney fees, court costs and other penalties.

According to LAPD insiders, while Sgt. Peter Foster was the main culprit, Wright’s superiors were slow to take action and should have removed the supervisor immediately once notified—something they did not do.

If Captain Todd Chamberlain is allowed to promote to the rank of commander, once again Chief Beck will have rewarded bad behavior—discriminating behavior. The message will be sent again not only to the rank-and-file but to us civilians as well that the LAPD has no real interest in doing anything at all about the racist bias culture which not only exists with the Department and the community it serves but inside with its Black officers as well. Promoting Chamberlain will continue the racial polarization that currently exists inside of the Department as well as send a clear message that racist behavior toward your fellow Black officers won’t get your fired—it will get you promoted.

UPDATE

12/14/2015

Okay, okay.  I heard you loud and clear.  Proof you said of of a certain LAPD captain who is up for promotion to the rank of commander after his alleged “involvement” in some racist shenanigans over at Central Division that contributed to costing the city $1.5 million.

Proof you wanted so here it is, directly from the complaint–a complaint that netted a 12-0 jury verdict for the plaintiff Officer Earl Wright.  12-0.

Now, who still wants to defend this captain?  Any takers?

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

Exhibit B2

 

EXHIBIT C

Exhibit C
Exhibit C2

Exhibit C3

Exhibit C4

Exhibit D

Exhibit D

Exhibit D2

Exhibit E

Exhibit E

Exhibit F

Exhibit F

Exhibit F2

Exhibit G

Exhibit G

Exhibit G2

Exhibit H

Exhibit H

Exhibit I

Exhibit I

Exhibit J

Exhibit J

The Court of Public Opinion

  • NinaG

    Big deal… My current boss caused a lawsuit that the City lost to the tune of 2 million. He was recently promoted to Captain III.
    This crap has gone on, currently goes on, and will always go on…

  • Spencer Jacobson

    If you don’t think promoting blatant racists is a big deal… well.. you’ve been in your current position too long, and clearly never should have been hired to begin with.

  • NinaG

    You TOTALLY missed my point and my sarcasm….
    I in NO WAY agree with these practices…

  • I’ve read your comments long enough to know that you were being sarcastic. Most people in the Department civilian or sworn do not appreciate the selective promotion of bad apples. It makes everyone look bad.

  • paul

    Well if anyone really knew what happened . SGT foster did not give wright a cake . Another Black Officer did. FOSTER did not send wright a text asking him if he had to go pick water melon. FOSTER did not put his face on a picture of Sanford and sons. Two Asian officers did after wright put their faces on a picture of ninja turtles. So get your facts straight.

  • Pio Pio

    It is a standing joke in the LAPD. You don’t get promoted (rewarded) until you cost the City Millions. Police Commission said this was going to stop. I doubt it. Very little respect for commission. Besides as long as you work Metro and can show how much of a bully you can be you are all good to go! Justask Captain Prokop next up for Commander. Can’t obtain respect of his officers or community but he is a golden boy!

  • paul

    Maybe you should check your Lapd’s insiders facts before you post. You maybe the next you to be sued.

  • Ok but a jury must’ve felt otherwise.

  • I swear, I KNOW I could run LAPD 100 times better than Beck could. No bullshit. I KNOW I could do a much better job, I just need a chance. The BIGGEST problem at LAPD, and every major metro law enforcement and fire dept., is that the jobs go to insiders, not to the best and brightest. Same with promotions. They go to the relatives and those “sponsored” like Shaun Hillman, a guy that should have been put on the unemployment line the day he go liquored up and was pointing a loaded firearm at people. We won’t even mention his blatant lies to his superiors about the incident….

  • “…and clearly never should have been hired to begin with.
    I think we can say that about Beck and his FIVE family members working at LAPD. Lest us forget that Charlie only got HIS job at LAPD because his father pulled strings to get him hired. It is a huge cesspool, circle jerk, whatever you want to call it.

  • paul

    NOt only was Foster not guilty of those things I mentioned but the two Asian officers were demoted and transferred , the Black officer was give a 5 day suspension. And other Black officers were found guilty of several other jokes that Wright accused Foster of and they were disciplines as well. But the media and right only focused on Foster because he was white. Wright was giving the money for combination of jokes that was played on him. But he was not disciplined or suspended for any of the numerous jokes and teasing he did two other officers who were Asian And white or female. The department knew of these jokes that Wright did and were given the opportunity to take some action. but since wright filed the lawsuit they left all his misconduct go.write a cute Foster of several things that he did not do and other officers black and Asian were disciplined for those jokes. But only Foster was brought to court and prosecuted in the news. Yes other officers at the division did retaliate against right would not speak to him, gave him dirty looks and refuse to work with them. This is because they knew the type of person he was and the jokes that he said and did to other which were worse than anything that was done to him. Since Wright was filing bankruptcy and was ready to lose his house and could not pay for his children’s tuition at college he used this opportunity to take advantage and ruin others careers. Should the joke and have stopped and not gone as far as it did. Yes. but for him to be shown as a victim is ridiculouS

  • Pio Pio

    Ok. OK. CAP How was all this allowed to happen under your command? What did you do to stop it? Stand by for court transcripts! That is the beauty of it. It is all now public record….and yes it was more than 1.2m if you want to be technical.

  • Pio Pio

    You got my vote. Anythign would be better than nepotism and repaying favors for blind loyalty to incompetent ass kissers. Top brass is only concerend about fattening their drop account then running their sick time and getting another job as consultants. Bratton thank you for the Chief blessing. Now let me promote Sean Malinowski to show my loyalty. Yes crime numbers are all wrong but his pred pol works. NOT!!!!!! Under reporting crime works that is until the Inspector general does his audit and then What?! Oh we will work on improving it. PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  • paul

    Well for your information I’m a P2 and worked with all these guys for 20 years. Everyone were friends, been to each other’s homes know each other’s children. They have joked around for years. alright had to do was tell them he didn’t want to joke anymore although he was the biggest violator of it. When I worked at the east side detail with him we never knew what he was going to do to one of us or say to one of us. I’m not justified what Chamberlain did when he pretty much told right to leave the division because nobody would work with him. I’m just saying there was no real racism they would just jokes back and forth to every single person no matter what they were and yes right was deeply involved in all of that and he had been for years along with everybody else. Should have stopped yes. I think you should focus moron how some people just do things for money and not for the right reason. don’t you think that we have enough problems with people in the community after us then to go after each other. If the command staff does something to us that is truly wrong then I agree with taking action. and for Chamberlain to pretty much turn his back on all of the officers there and sergeants was wrong but like I said WRIGHT was no angel.

  • They have joked around for years. alright had to do was tell them he didn’t want to joke anymore although he was the biggest violator of it.

    What is telling to me is your admission that all of you engaged in these off-color (at best) racial jokes. I don’t make jokes-ANY JOKES- about race, gender, ethnicity, religious or political leanings, I just do not do it. I USED to make off-color comments about sexual orientation 20+ years ago, but I finally saw the light and said there is no room to make jokes about people based on sexual orientation, it was a mistake based on ignorance and youthful insensitivity. I would have in every LE dept. in CA an operations and procedures manual (I bet most DO have this now) that prohibited such conduct and to question those who think it is proper.

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  • Tyndon Clusters

    So here’s my two cents as a resident of LA and a property tax and business tax payer….you are ALL a bunch of immature dipschitz. Best way to get rid of this is to make it mandatory that only college grads can be LAPD. It sounds like a friggin high school with the BS racist jokes and the blithe way that these idiots don’t think that there can be legal repercussions. I believe that wright was probably bojangling his way to a lawsuit as the LAFD and the LAPD are full of stupid adolescents who do this kind of frat shit and then hire shyster lawyers to shake down the taxpayers of LA. As another put it, you say a sexist/racist joke in a company and you’re fired on the spot. Not so with the clowns in LAPD apparently where the Asians spoof the blacks and the whites spoof everyone. Its a sick depraved culture that is allowed to fester as Paul readily admits that this racial shit has gone on for decades till the present. Again, get rid of the infants once and for all. Wright, Chamberlain, the asians, the blacks, the whites, the browns, the pinks…anyone who does this stupidity. I thank Paul for at least being honest and letting us see the true behind the scenes moronic behavior that causes all these million dollar payouts. Charlie is making Willie Williams look like Wyatt Earp in his total incompetence. Beck must go and all the other loons with a badge and gun. LAPD is miles ahead of the Gates/Davis era, but still can be much better.

  • Pio Pio

    Duly Noted. Its the LAPD lotto $$$ and a system that reward those command officers without a sense of right and without a spine! Or lets say “Metro” Type. If you are one of the boys NO accountability whatsoever. Just ask soon to be Commander Chamberlain.

  • Anonymous

    It’s like none of these guys read or take seriously the EEO, anti discrimination, and information on protected classes that ALL city employees are to read, sign , and follow. Bunch of idiots, well deserving of demotions or terminations. Only shame is that the tax payers are footing the settlement tab rather than the individuals involved AND the supervisors in their chain of command who failed to stop prohibited activity. As a city employee, I can say we do not need these dinosaurs working for us.

  • Cinderella

    I would also like to add that the up and comer “Young Guns” are a new breed of camel in the desert. If you don’t rock that big blue boat, you have a better chance to promote. I spoke to an LASO dep yesterday, and HIS take on Mcdonald was that he was cleaning up their house. I think LAPD is in desparate need of a good housekeeper. What say you?

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  • The American

    The jokes were posted in places where everyone in the station could see them read them and laugh and only the Captain is responsible? Jokes and cartoons used to be the norm in LAPD but times changed in the early 90’s. People who were not on the Department during that period who have only heard stories of the old days are trying to do the same nonsense with huge ramifications. PEOPLE NEED TO GROW UP AND ACT LIKE PROFESSIONALS!

  • moustachio

    Odd but this is part of the culture. ..

    Picking on the weak…

    Today’s Chicago post story of the Marine’s behavior in Afghanistan, using sling shots to hit children’s faces with hard candy, lobbing grenades over walls into people’s homes, shooting at random vehicles. …the marines and their captain all got promoted even though there were multiple complaints lodged against them.

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