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).
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Last week we discussed how Los Angeles Police Commander Patrick Smith filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleges among other things that Chief Charlie Beck formed the opinion that Smith was talking to me and broke into his office and personal space where a file marked for Inspector General Alex Bustamante was stolen. That file contained notes regarding the sale of Chief Beck’s daughter’s horse to the Department. A horse that she was going to end up riding as she was assigned to the Mounted Platoon at the time. As we all know now, Chief Beck denied having anything to do with the purchase but I proved (in my best Maury Povich impression) that was a lie–aka My Little Ponygate.
But it’s a new week which means a new scandal when it comes to the upper echelons of the LAPD aka the 10th Floor.
Smith’s not alone in suing the City over being accused of being one of my sources. News will soon break on a lawsuit being filed by not one, not two–but SEVEN sergeants in the Department who were disciplined after the Department went on another witch hunt looking for my sources.
Chief Beck’s unhealthy obsession with me and my sources is going to probably cost the city millions and millions of dollars in the very near future.
Below is a copy of an intradepartmental memo from November 2014 sent out by the Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs to the Commanding Officer of Application Development and Support Division:
CONFIDENTIAL – NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
It is requested that TEAMS II conduct an audit of the Complaint Management System (CMS) for any employees that searched any of the below listed employees during the time period June 11, 2013 through the present. (Dated November 13, 2014)
Commander Scott Kroeber
Capt. John Egan
Capt. Jorge Rodriguez
Capt. Edward Prokop
Capt. Edward Pape
Lt. Andrew Barboza
Det. Reina Staats
Sgt. George Hoopes
Det. Frank Lyga
P.O. Thaniya Sungruengyos
P.O. Shaun Hillman
For frequent readers of my work, just about all of those names are familiar to you as they have been the subject of my past writings.
Chief Beck must be really desperate to stop the flow of information oozing out of his precious LAPD to authorize and conduct a full scale forensic audit of the Department’s computer systems.
It reeks of the same desperation that was on full display when the folder marked for the Inspector General was stolen out of Commander Patrick Smith’s office.
Commander Smith was well within his rights to take any concerns he had about the sale of the horse to the City to the Inspector General. It’s a protected right. But Beck did not want that information in the hands of the Inspector General. He just didn’t count on that information getting out anyway.
But back to the forensic audit.
The Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) is the investigative arm of the Chief of Police used to identify and report corruption and employee behavior that tends to discredit the Department or violate a Department policy, procedure or practice. It is under the control Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy.
So the Department does this audit and compiles a list of folks who have made inquiries about the individuals on the list and then the real criminal shenanigans commence. The audit I am told shows that quite a few people had made inquiries regarding the folks on the list but only seven were singled out for discipline and accused of being one of my sources.
My real sources–not the ones the Department thinks are my sources– told me that the during the witch hunt interviews were conducted–interviews that were about me.
During these audit inquiry interviews, the seven sergeants suing were asked if they had heard of me, how they’d heard about me, which cases did they hear about and what form did they read or hear about the stories. The sergeant conducting the interview asked all of them if they had ever given me information. The sergeants said that they did not give me any information and explained why they ran the officers in question through the Complaint Management System (CMS).
Lawd have mercy. For the record, and I will testify to this under oath if need be in a court of law, I don’t know the accused sergeants.
A little bit of time passes and then it happens. The Department converts the accused sergeants simple audit inquiry interviews into full-blown personnel complaints. Imagine that.
In the end, all of the allegations were sustained against the seven sergeants with an Official Reprimand. No wonder they’re suing.
My sources believe that this was an attempt, albeit lame, to find out who was leaking information to me. Only the selected seven received punishment while other people on the audit list did not receive any punishment at all. Those people must know somebody who knows somebody or be sponsored.
Now when it came to Commander Patrick Smith the Department’s rationale seemed to be that because we were both Black we must know each other because after all, all Black people know each other.
The latest seven accused of being my source are all Hispanic officers.
This seems like as good a time as any to reiterate to Chief Beck and the 10th Floor that my sources operate from the 1st floor to the 10th floor, all Divisions and beyond, are not one race or sex and as evident by this latest round of accusations–so damn good that no–not even when you break the law are you able to figure out who they are.
There are seven stories to tell that all make up one hell of a lawsuit that will probably result in the City of Los Angeles paying millions and millions of dollars to either settle or when a jury comes back in these officer’s favor.
I have to tell you, when it all comes out, and it will, when officers find out how these seven were treated, it’s going to take more than a trip to roll call and a pep talk via video to square things away with the rank-and-file.
All of this and for what? The flow of information hasn’t stopped. As a matter of fact the leakage oozing out of 100 West 1st Street is so bad now, Beck can’t sneeze and I don’t hear about it.
Beck and gang have all committed multiple violations of their own Department policy including but not limited to making false and misleading statements, conduct unbecoming, neglect of duty and dishonesty throughout this witch hunt–and they still haven’t caught one single source of mine that’s accurate.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this obsession with finding my sources is unhealthy and is costing the city millions of dollars.
Chief Beck needs to be asking WHY are people are talking to me instead of trying to find out WHO is talking to me. With now 8 lawsuits (that we know of) based solely on nothing more than Beck’s bruised ego and desperation to find out who is talking, it’s proving to be a mostly costly endeavor for the City of Los Angeles. When will this madness stop and what will it take for Mayor Eric Garcetti to divorce himself from Beck and his criminal shenanigans that are costing Los Angeles millions in civil court and for the Los Angeles Police Commission to realize that they have an obligation to deal with the 10th floor and not just turn a blind eye.