The Curious Case of LAPD Command Staff’s Missing Guns

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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So a little birdy—scratch that actually a flock of birds—has told me that allegedly while on this year’s Police Unity tour from New York to Washington D.C., Los Angeles Police Department command staff including Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas and Newton Division Captain Jorge Rodriguez had a little mishap.

Word around the department is that command staff rode in their own van from New York to Washington D.C. separate from the rank-and-file. I’m told while other officers sent their guns ahead with LAPD Motors in locked cases, allegedly command staff didn’t feel that they needed to set a good example and follow this precautionary safeguard. Instead, command staff decided to put all of their guns in one bag.

Well, according to the story, somehow this bag with command staff’s guns just up and disappeared.

Come the eff on people.  Really?

It is unknown at this time if this very serious alleged incident resulted in any neglect of duty charges for command staff’s failure to maintain control of their guns or if Chief Charlie Beck is going to sweep it under the rug and brush it off as just “lost property.” I mean after all—they are command staff.

Anyone with any more information on the plight of command staff’s lost guns is urged to contact me immediately because inquiring minds want to know.  And just like with the LAPD’s anonymous gun buy back program, all of your information can be given to me completely anonymously.

Are therer pics of command staff in Washington D.C. with empty holsters? What did the bag look like?  Are there pictures of the missing bag? Have the guns since been located?  If not, is there is a reward being offered for the safe return of the guns?  If one just happens to find the guns are they going to be accused of stealing them?  I would just hate for one of those guns to be used in the commission of a homicide, robbery or whatever other criminal shenanigans people use guns for. Have both the NYPD and Washington D.C. police departments been notified of the missing guns? I think that both of those cities have enough problems with people and guns without the LAPD adding to their woes. Don’t you?

What I will say, is that if all of this is true, lost property it ain’t.  More like conduct unbecoming, neglect of duty, failure to follow LAPD policy and I could go on.  Charges I will point out that lesser ranked folks in the department have taken days for and some even lost their jobs.



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  • NinaG

    It will be interesting to see if this story ever hits the light of day; other than your great reporting of course.
    Villegas has always skated by; for some reason this little Mexican has managed to scrape and claw his way to the top – not surprising. given the weak caliber of all those folks.

  • robert peel

    if command staff can get away with boxergate then a few missing guns is no big deal to them the old days when guns went missing it usually meant a retirement was close

  • Truthbetold

    I hate to be put in a position to defend command staff but the truth is the truth and I will correct every false statement with provable honesty.

    Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas gun was never misplaced as some of the others were, In fact he was seen by hundreds in the law enforcement community with his gun and photoed with it on his duty belt.

    Command Staff never rode in a Van, they rode on there bikes for over 230 miles honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice, as I did; I witnessed that myself. And for the record the ride was from New Jersey to DC; not New York.

    The container that carried those guns were accidentally removed from the same truck that carried everyones luggage and were secured in a locked security office until those guns were recovered (well before this article was written) but I guess that fact or any of the others were never provided to Jasmine.

    In my humble opinion, everyone that trained, raised thousands of dollars in order to participate in this fine event and rode hundreds of miles honoring those that died, illustrated the best our profession has to offer, and I mean everyone.