Police Commission Should Reschedule Vote on Chief

It would be impulsive of the Los Angeles Police Commission to move forward with a vote on Tuesday on the reappointment of Chief Charlie Beck.  At the very least the Commission should push back the vote until August 19—and they can if they want to.

Chief Beck submitted his application for a second term to the Commission on May 15. That means that technically, the last day the Commission can vote affirmatively or negatively on the application is August 19, not August 12 as they would have us believe.

What’s the big rush?

Given all that’s happened in the last week including My Little Ponygate where the Chief has since admitted signing off on the purchase of his daughter’s horse to be used in same unit she’s assigned to and the various investigations into serious allegations of misconduct, it seems odd that the agency tasked with being a civilian watch dog over the LAPD wants to look the other way and move forward with a vote.

Let me put it to you like this, when a suspect is arrested and brought to court for an arraignment the judge does not render a verdict right then and there.  No, there’s a process that must be exhausted which often times includes witness testimony and evidence to consider before a verdict of guilty or innocence can be leveled.

But that’s essentially what the Police Commission is attempting to do—render a verdict without considering all of the evidence before them.

Transparency is a word that’s tossed around a lot in politics.  It’s used ad nauseum by elected officials who want your vote, by our police chief who wants our trust, and as the main reason that the police commission exists.

But transparency is more than a buzzword, it is the checks and balances needed for any kind of trust.

In politics a lot of what happens is based on what it looks like verses what it really is and right now it looks like the Police Commission has already decided that come hell or high water, they’re going to reappointment Chief Beck on Tuesday.

The Police Commission’s willingness to move forward with such a serious decision seemingly without even considering the outcome of their current probes into misconduct involving Chief Beck shows all Angelenos just how political the position of chief of police has become.

Public support of the Chief is almost always accompanied by the phrases “crime is down” and “the public trust in the LAPD is up.”  For the sake of disclosure I was a huge supporter of Chief Beck that is until I begrudgingly pulled back the curtain.

And even though I’ve been told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, it is what it is and I saw what I saw.

From “cooking the books” on crime stats, to the blatant favoritism of racist police officers who are connected, the unwillingness to investigate the missing antennas ironically that are supposed to aide in the Department’s own transparency goals, to the almost deafening collective cries of the rank-and-file on matters of discipline, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that something is not right.

I am just as concerned about the misconduct that takes place out in the public as I am with the misconduct behind closed doors.

The bottom line is that the Police Commission owes Angelenos a complete and thorough investigation into any current misconduct allegations involving Chief Beck before an up or down vote is taken.  And even if the Commission doesn’t agree, they can at least give off the appearance that they care about what Mr. and Ms. Civilian think by pushing back the vote.  Like I said earlier, sometimes—no make that most times in politics it’s not about what it is but more so what it looks like.  Right now it looks like the Commission is either in cahoots with the Chief or just doesn’t care., of which neither are a good look.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • scarecrow

    Jasmyne,
    If I understand correctly, the Chief has to complete one more year as Chief in order to receive his Chief’s Pension. Mark my words, Beck will get a second term in order to secure his pension. Then after one year, he will step down. Believe me, the corruption goes well above the Chief’s office. It’s all about power, greed and money… and everyone’s in on it.

  • 1942 transient

    Why would the Mayor care about Beck’s pension versus Garcetti’s legacy and future political aspirations. But, you’re right and Beck will be given a second term. The rank and file will be livid and no goals will be met because no one will care. Hey Charlie, congratulations. You surpassed Parks as the most hated Chief ever.

  • Another Fine Day in Compton

    Beck will be reappointed. Gil Garcetti Jr needs his little poodle and Stevie Wonder Soboroff and his lackeys on the police commission will give Gil Jr whatever he wants.

  • Another Fine Day in Compton

    I never thought Bernie The Turd could ever be replaced as the biggest asshole to wear the CHIEF badge.

  • CityEye

    Garcetti has been a complete and utter failure and the entire city is now bad mouthing him. To tell his police commissioners to give him 2nd term will be fatal for him. It shows he and the commissioners lack integrity, ethics, morals and a good conscience. They are weak and lapdogs. I see the one with the brains, Saltzman commissioner voting NO. I see the gangster commissioner and the one who supports illegals Sandra Figueroa Voting yes, the imbecile Soboroff who has disappointed everyone with his stupidity voting Yes, the attorney Kim who is in la la land maybe NO, and the basketball queen Madison YES.

  • cutty sark

    7 minus 3 = 0 Charlie Beck’s Arithmetic or My Life as a Circus Elephant for Soboroff

    Chief Beck gets to attend all the fancy banquets and brings home a pretty fat paycheck, but not everything about the job is pleasant.
    I felt only pity for Chief Beck after watching his news conference from Wilshire Station on April 8 with Soboroff holding Beck’s leash as if he was poddy training a retarded child.

    A man opened fire on two officers manning the entrance of Wilshire Division West Traffic the evening of April 7, 8:30pm.

    Here is what Chief Beck said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after meeting with the wounded officer at 10:30 pm.

    “[He’s] a remarkable young man, very, very lucky. But his luck was augmented by his courage. After being hit seven times, he returned fire and saved his own life and the life of his partner,” said Beck. “To be shot seven times at close range by a semiautomatic pistol and be talking to me and texting his friends … is just amazing.”
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Chief Beck had originally told us that the officer’s vest stopped 4 of the 7 bullets. At Chief Beck’s news conference the following morning, Soboroff was standing nearly on top of the Chief to be sure he got it right.

    The officer had not worn his vest. He was struck once in the shoulder and once in the side. A third bullet struck his personal revolver holstered in pocket and was deflected.
    What happened to other 4 bullets?
    7 minus 3 = 0

    Here is Beck’s twitter and KTLA news video of Chief Beck’s humiliation –

    https://twitter.com/911LAPD/status/453603535901708289/photo/1
    http://ktla.com/2014/04/08/new-details-emerge-in-police-station-gun-battle-where-officer-was-shot/

  • Jonah

    Promote them all I say… Integrity is a curse word, a dirty joke in the locker room… I tell everyone I’m a janitor…Beck will get another term, and I will continue to do the right thing while my supervision plays the hypocrite. God help us all.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    scarecrow– you were right on the mark.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    Wow…u sure had that one called.