Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mario Cardona’s commanding officer admitted that Officer Cardona acted unreasonably, unprofessionally, and used excessive force during a 2015 confrontation with college student Daniel Garza. The attorney’s charged with defending the City of Los Angeles and officers like Cardona said the same and went a step further, arguing that Officer Cardona acted with malice during the incident. Eventually, a federal jury agreed. But in an all too familiar scenario, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck exonerated the officer and found his actions to be “justified, lawful, and proper”—and Officer Cardona? Well he’s since been promoted to a training officer.
On the issue of off-duty LAPD Officer Trigger Happy and the teens that trampled on his lawn in Anaheim…
Phew! Angeleno’s concerned with the state of policing, police abuse, police misconduct, community and police relations and just overall common decency will never know how close they came to setting the clock back several decades.
Donald Trump may have trounced Hillary Clinton for the U.S. presidency but there’s an equally interesting albeit nasty race for president happening right now in Los Angeles and most people know nothing about it.
On Fri. Dec. 2, attorney’s for renowned Black journalist and LAPD critic Jasmyne Cannick filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck for false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and violations of her First Amendment rights.
A Los Angeles Police Department internal email shows that the department has misclassified up to 80% of aggravated assaults as simple assaults. That’s important because if they can label a crime as belonging to the Part II family of crimes it doesn’t get counted in the overall violence crime statistics reported publicly—the only numbers that really matter to the LAPD and City Hall.
If the Los Angeles Police Commission can’t manage to make their meetings reasonably accessible to everyone in a timely manner, what faith should the public really have in their capabilities to do anything else as it relates to transparency or accountability with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD?