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.
The family of Wakiesha Wilson, a 36-year-old African-American woman who was found dead in her cell at an LAPD jail on March 27, 2016, will announce Tuesday with their attorney Carl Douglas the filing of a $35 million claim for damages.
Through thin and thinner, I think we can all agree that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has had LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s back. I wonder if all that will change with this latest lawsuit.