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?
In a proposed decision and order, Administrative Law Judge Samuel D. Reyes has ruled that former Los Angeles Police Sergeant Jim Parker won’t have to pay a $10,000 fine for releasing the audio of his encounter with actress Daniele Watts.
Angelenos would be well within their rights to be skeptical and give the LAPD the side eye on its reeducation efforts because after all it’s been nearly 150 years and promise after promise of a change soon coming. Add to that, if the public believes what the foes of rehabilitation say, then you can’t rehabilitate a life long serial offender and to many that’s exactly what the LAPD is.