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LAPD Gang Cops Leave Rather Than Disclose Finances

January 11, 2011  | 

Dozens of Los Angeles Police officers assigned to gang units are leaving their assignments rather than agreeing to new disclosure rules that require them to provide detailed records of their finances.

Paul Weber, the Los Angeles Police Protective League's president, said the union is unhappy about the city's "poorly thought out" new rule that stems from Rampart-era reforms.

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mxepr @ 1/12/2011 5:33 AM

If i don't have nothing to hide, no problem.

scottan @ 1/12/2011 6:37 AM

mxepr; Just because someone doesnt have anything to hide doesnt mean your life should be an open book either. If you read the LA article and some of the additional posts it sounds like there is more than what is being reported.

It APPEARS that MAYBE the audit wasnt just of officers but their entire family including extended family... people who dont even work for the city.

Would you allow your employer that much access to your family when they dont even work for them?

Ive never heard of this before. I certainly wouldnt let my employer raid my family like that and I have nothing to hide.

As far as the Chief saying the public has nothing to worry about....why? If the gang officers left/leave, they no longer have an active gang unit. Who's working gangs? The Chief?

mac114 @ 1/12/2011 2:33 PM

It's a matter of principle, whether I have something to hide or not, I simply don't want anyone I work for having that type of access to my personal financial info. You trust me enough to give me a gun and badge and have the authority to take another's life, but you don't trust me to maintain my integrity? Something's wrong with that.

brook @ 1/15/2011 12:57 PM

The answer to this situation is to determine what the actual facts are. How extensive is this financial background check? Is it only limited to the gang officer’s immediate family’s finances, or does it really extend to distant relatives? I personally doubt a financial background check of extended relatives’ personal finances could even be legally possible without cause.

I remember when I was hired over thirty years ago an extensive financial background check was mandatory for all law enforcement applicants. This was expected and normal. During my career I was eventually assigned to a gang unit which I worked for over twenty years. Unfortunately some of the partners I worked with during that time eventually succumbed to the lure of easy money. They ended up in prison losing everything.

I wonder if just the threat of having to disclose their personal financial situation may have been enough to make them at least think twice before they started committing their crimes?

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