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LAPD Chief Beck Responds To Controversy Involving His Children

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To back Beck or not to back Beck ?

Depending on who you ask, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is a visionary leader, a man of great integrity, being harassed by disgruntled cops, or he's perhaps a liar who favors his family, friends and relatives in the Department and in its disciplinary system and misleads his civilian Police Commission bosses.

The latest, you may have heard about it, is derisively nicknamed by some ‘‘Horsegate''. It seems his daughter, an LAPD mounted patrol officer, arranged to have the Department, via a donation from the non-profit Police Foundation, buy her horse for $6000 and make it part of the mounted patrol. Beck insisted he knew nothing about it, that he goes to great lengths to make sure he doesn't get involved in matters involving his children, who are cops. Oops.

The next day, documents surfaced showing Beck not only knew about it, he literally signed off on it. “I reviewed the file.... I now realize my comments were mistaken “ How could he make a mistake on something so sensitive ? Something he knew the news media was following ?  Good questions. But civil rights attorney Connie Rice, a one time vociferous Department critic who's now one of it's most vocal supporters. “I don't see his leadership being called into question here I see a bunch of disgruntled officers trying to create trouble that's always the case. ... Yes there are different systems of justice for officers and the rank and file but that's how it is in para military organizations. Is it fair ? No . '' Okay that's her view, so it's no surprise then, that those so called disgruntled cops continue to come forward, just as they did on our newscasts after the disgraceful murderous behavior of Christopher Dorner .

Then, they complained about the unfair disciplinary system, and now we're hearing much of the same thing from ‘disgruntled ‘' cops who are talking, mostly anonymously but not always, to Jasmyne Cannick. she's a political consultant , with a personal web site,  She's broken a lot of big recent stories, about the horse, about other issues involving Beck's daughter and a romantic relationship she had on the job with a Sergeant. We met this afternoon, and she pointed out ‘' The chief has fired officers who made the same mistake he did.. he's put them before Board of Rights hearings and fired them. Why does he just get to recant his mistakes where rank and file officers cannot ‘'. Excellent question I'd like to ask Chief Beck but he's now on vacation. Coincidence or previously scheduled ? Probably previously scheduled because he's certainly never shied away from addressing controversial issues before, and he did speak out on Tuesday after the Police Commission meeting denying wrongdoing, the same Commission that is scheduled to vote on reappointing him to a second five year term next week. Rice says despite the latest controversies, about Beck's documented failure to keep the Police Commission up to date on various  "he's a great Chief, a great leader . ‘‘

(FOX 11 / CNS) Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, who is seeking a second five-year term leading the department, lashed out today at critics who have leveled allegations against him involving his children -- both LAPD officers -- calling them "disgusting'' lies.

"I'm a big guy,'' Beck said. ``I've been doing this a long time. If you want to say something false about me, I'm fine with that. As a matter of fact, I encourage the public to make comments about me and we'll have them looked at and adjudicated through the inspector general.

"But to say things that are absolutely false, with no basis in fact, about my children is absolutely unacceptable, and I find it disgusting.''

The city Police Commission met with Beck behind closed doors today, in advance of a vote anticipated next week on whether to recommend that he serve another term as chief.

In recent weeks, however, Beck has found himself targeted in allegations -- some raised by a political blogger -- suggesting he may have intervened in a disciplinary case involving an officer who was accused of having improper relationships with the chief's daughter, LAPD Officer Brandi Pearson. Another allegation raised questions about the department's $6,000 purchase of a horse that Pearson owned for use by the department's equestrian unit.

Department officials have denied any wrongdoing in either case, and noted that Beck recuses himself from any involvement in matters involving his daughter or son, who is also an LAPD officer.

Beck insisted today that his daughter was being wrongly accused of impropriety.

"That she lied during an internal affairs investigation -- absolutely false,'' Beck said. "That there was some kind of blackmail that was involved in the adjudication of a complaint that she was a witness in -- absolutely false.''

Steve Soboroff, president of the Police Commission, told KCAL9 that Beck is seeking re-appointment during a time of hyper-active social media, and that case present unique challenges.

"This is also an election that's happening in an era of Twitter and Facebook and blogging where things don't need to be vetted before they get out into the public,'' he told the station. "So it can be hurtful and it can be painful and it can be wrong. On the other hand, we have to look through all that and see if any of it's right. So far it hasn't been.''

From Bob DeCastro:

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is standing firm. Beck says he welcomes the investigations into allegations he showed favoritism, saying he believes he will be vindicated.

The Los Angeles Police Commission is looking into whether Beck used his influence to pull back on disciplinary actions against an LAPD Sgt, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with two subordinate, female officers. One of those officers was Beck's daughter. The department considered demoting him, but the sergeant received a lighter punishment and retained his rank.

Any second case, the department's inspector general is investigating this sale of a quarter horse. The LAPD bought the horse, which belongs to the Chief's daughter for $6000. She's an officer in the LAPD's elite mounted unit. The money was raised by a private foundation. Beck insists the commission was informed of the sale and that no public money was used.

The 61-year-old Beck is seeking a 2nd five-year term. He suggested his opponents circulated the stories to undermine his reappointment. The police commission has until August 20 to vote.

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