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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).

This is part two of three. To read part one, click here.

Theft
noun
the action or crime of stealing.
“he was convicted of theft”
synonyms: robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, shoplifting, burglary, misappropriation, appropriation, embezzlement;

 

So I promised you a part two (and three) in the story of the LAPD Captain Who Committed a 484 and here it is.

Before Newton Division Captain Ed Prokop (and Deputy Chief Jose Perez) orchestrated the removal of almost $9,000 illegally from the bank account of the nonprofit organization Newton Police Activities League, $10,000 went missing.

The Wetlands Park (now known as the Jan Perry Wetlands Park) is situated on an old MTA bus yard at the intersection of Slauson and Compton Avenues. It is an urban oasis, education center and passive recreational nature center in the heart of South Los Angeles. I have been there quite a few times and I love it. But I digressed.

Well back in January 2013 the Newton PAL was kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for the retrofitting of one of the buildings on the property of the Wetlands.

The Newton PAL, along with the LAPD, City of Los Angeles, and Parks and Recreation were all a part of the capital campaign kickoff. Then Newton Captain III Jorge Rodriguez was able to get one of his contacts at State Farm to donate $10,000 to the Newton PAL’s campaign.

The kickoff event was postponed several times, once because of rain and then because of the Christopher Dorner situation.

When the check from State Farm was ready to be presented to the Newton PAL, Rodriguez had just been shipped off to Foothill Division courtesy of Hoopesgate and Prokop had become the Captain III of Newton.

Below is an email from one of the Newton PAL board members announcing that State Farm wanted to present the group with the $10,000 check. Incidentally, it also says that the nonprofit was not welcomed at the station anymore. This was because of their refusal to comply with Prokop and Perez’s demands. Below the email is Prokop’s response.

—–Original Message—–
From: Tammy Santangelo
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 6:00 PM
To: Margarita Verduzco; Sam??? Pena; ysabel.villegas@gmail.com;gina@barenslaw.com; William???? A. Kidston ; Catherine Landeros; Cesar Nunez; Robert Ri’chard
Cc: EDWARD PROKOP
Subject: $10,000 State Farm

Great news everyone!!

Captain Rodriguez’s contact from State Farm would like to present PAL with a $10,000 check. We had planned on doing it at the Wetland’s kick off but due to the weather we had to postpone. They would like to present it to us ASAP.

I will update you all after I confirm a date and inform our advisory board.

Also, I’ve been informed that the board is not welcomed at the station and we can no longer park in the back.

Have a great weekend!

Tammy

>>> EDWARD PROKOP 2/22/2013 6:48 PM >>>
Great news. You all should be very proud of your accomplishment! As to the second part, that is not the case. Of course you are welcomed in the station. We are a team! I am not sure of where that came from.

To that point I would love to meet with all of you to introduce myself and thank you for your efforts. I will ask Honore Rausch, the Area Secretary, to coordinate with all your schedules to set a meeting for us. I have left a message with Devon and would certainly like all of you there when he presents the check!

Again, thanks for your commitment to the program. Look forward to continuing our partnership.
Take care
Ed
Captain E.J. Prokop
Commanding Officer
Newton Patrol Division
Direct (323) 846-6524

For the record, I’m told that Prokop never met with the Newton PAL and as you read in the previous article, with the help of Deputy Chief Perez had the group disassociated from the LAPD.

I’m also told that I need to make mention of the fact that even though Prokop wanted to be a board member and a signer on the Newton PAL’s bank account, he never attended a single Newton PAL board meeting.

According to my sources, Honore Rausch the Area Secretary at Newton called the Newton PAL sometime in February to let them know the check had arrived from State Farm. Unfortunately, by then all of that nastiness had started with Prokop and Perez.

When Perez signed that disassociation letter to the Newton PAL on May 10, 2013, the group still didn’t have the $10,000 check from Prokop. At one point Prokop was supposed to bring the check to City Hall when the group was being presented with commendations but never did.

Newton PAL board with former councilmember Jan Perry and Captain Jorge Rodriguez.

Newton PAL board with former councilmember Jan Perry and Captain Jorge Rodriguez.

The money has never been recovered from Prokop to this day and there is a pending lawsuit as a result of that. All of which is information that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is fully aware of but as I mentioned to you before, Prokop is still on the job as far as I know and hasn’t been disciplined for this or his other acts of misconduct.

By the way, below is the punishment for being found guilty of theft if you’re an employee of the LAPD:

Page 84 of the City of Los Angeles’ Policies of the Personnel Department manual

I’m still not sure what a proper investigation consists of for the LAPD.  However, I will say that instead of worrying about who I’m talking to, what I know, and where I be (and I said it like that on purpose), they need to conduct a proper investigation into what’s going on with Prokop and the missing $10,000 check. I mean, among other things.

Stay tuned for part three of #Newtongate.