What An Ethics Violation Looks Like

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).

It seems that the Los Angeles Ethics Commission is confused on exactly what a violation by a member of the Los Angeles Police Department looks like.  So I thought I’d help them out.

Now while there are many examples that I could point to, none is more appropriate for this illustration than the one below.

This is what it looks like when a member of the Los Angeles Police Department misuses or attempts to misuse his or her position or authority as a sworn officer to create or attempt to create a private advantage or disadvantage:

THE CRIME

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THE LIE

Beck approved LAPD purchase of daughter’s horse, documents show
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2014

Despite repeated claims by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck that he played no role in the LAPD’s decision to purchase a horse from his daughter, Beck signed a document approving the deal, according to records obtained by The Times (after I published them).

When news of the horse deal surfaced earlier this week, the chief defended the purchase by saying through a spokesman he had deliberately recused himself from all aspects of the decision to acquire his daughter’s horse. Beck reiterated that stance during a news conference Tuesday. The internal deliberations over the horse between members of the mounted platoon and senior command staff had been “steered completely around me,” the chief insisted.

THE RULES

Volume 3, section 828 of the Los Angeles Police Department Manual reads as follows:

828. FALSE AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS. It is a violation of Department Policy for any employee to make a false statement or a misleading statement as defined in this section. Any violation of this standard constitutes misconduct, which may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

False Statement Defined. A false statement is any manner of communication, including, but not limited to oral, written and electronic, which a Department employee makes when he or she knew or should have known the statement was false at the time it was made or the employee fails to correct the statement upon learning of its falsity.

Misleading Statement Defined. A misleading statement is any manner of communication, including but not limited to oral, written and electronic, which a Department employee makes when he or she:

  • Provides information in an inaccurate context;
  • Provides information designed to lead the investigator or another astray or misdirect others;
  • Intentionally withholds information which is known or reasonably believed to be relevant; or,
  • Intentionally fails to provide a complete or accurate account of matters which are known to the employee.
  • Providing partial truth about an incident does not satisfy an employee’s obligation for truthfulness when relevant information has been deliberately left out. Further, an employee who becomes aware that a statement has been misunderstood or misrepresented has an obligation to correct the misunderstanding or misrepresentation. Failure to do so may create an inference that the employee made the statement with the intention to mislead.

A false statement or a misleading statement constitutes misconduct when:

  • It is made while carrying out an employee’s duties;
  • It results from actions incidental to an employee’s duties;
  • It is made while conducting a criminal or administrative investigation, even if the investigation is preliminary in nature; or,
  • It is made by an off-duty employee arising from a circumstance in which the employee’s occupation as a Department employee is a factor.

THE TRUTH

Ladies and gents, that is what an ethics violation looks like.

The Chief of Police lied about having the Department buy his daughter’s horse for her to use at work and no one at City Hall so much as raised an eyebrow let alone a concern or an investigation into ethics violations.

Why the Ethics Commission never even bothered to look into this, I don’t know. What I do know is that after the cameras and reporters moved on we never heard back as to the conclusion of the Department’s internal investigation into this matter.  Like everything else involving 10th floor shenanigans, it just disappeared.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • The American

    The question i have is was the Cities Policy of the “Open Bid Process Followed” and where is the request for purchase (RFP) for the purchase of this animal? Were other members from the Equestrian Vendors provided an opportunity to offer any of their Equestrians for sale to the City of Los Angeles at a lower price at a savings to the Tax Payers?

  • Gate keeper

    Well, everybody knows that good ol brandi rides that horse while at the mounted unit. You can see the horse when the mounted unit shows up at events, such as all the recent protes. brandi was riding the horse during their units assignment. The fact that shes even assigned to the mounted unit is a whole other dirty secret, she lacks skill as an officer and lacks integrity as a person. this whole beck thing is a fraud and the majority of the department have no respect for him and his dam kids. what a joke. becks a thief. beck should be removed and discuplined like evry other officer. beck should be at a bor for lying and he got busted!!!

  • False Statement Defined. A false statement is any manner of communication, including, but not limited to oral, written and electronic, which a Department employee makes when he or she knew or should have known the statement was false at the time it was made or the employee fails to correct the statement upon learning of its falsity.

    Shaun Hillman LIED through his TEETH to his supervisors, that would be right behind Horsegate.

  • cutty sark

    This is a joke – and its *#*&%$$ hilarious!!!
    The Chief realized that if he has to fire every Sgt. and Ltnt. that his daughter slept with and became jealous of – the dept. won’t be able to meet mandated minimum staffing levels.
    So he reassigned her to the mounted unit and got the Dept. to purchase her pony.
    Now, Brandi spends her time on duty riding around with a horse named after her grandfather between her legs.
    And its a gelding!

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  • Pio Pio

    How about investigating all the command staff who is “runnign their sick time” before retirement? Standard practice for LAPD Command. Getting a paycheck for the last few months before retirement without having to show up at work. How is that for ethical conduct? What are you doing about it ethics Commission? Inspector general? Mayor? Blatant theft of City funds that could be better used somewhere else!!!!!!!!