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L.A. Police Union Responds to Beck's Comments on Officer-Involved Shooting

May 07, 2015  | 

In response to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's statement regarding the officer-involved shooting in Venice Beach late last night as identified by the Los Angeles Times, Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, released the following statement on behalf of the League:

"It is completely irresponsible for anyone, much less the Chief of Police, to render a judgment on an incident that is in the early stages of the investigation. As the final trier of fact in the use-of-force investigation and disciplinary process, the premature decision by the chief essentially renders the investigation process void. Additionally, by making his opinion public without having all of the facts, he influences the investigation for all parties involved, including his command officers and the public. As in the criminal justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We encourage everyone to reserve judgment until the investigation has run its course, and the facts are collected and assessed."

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kevCopAz @ 5/7/2015 5:00 PM

I agree, but what did they really expect of Beck based on his past political way of doing business. Sad, Im starting to think that all large city Police Chiefs should be elected and not have to cow tow to the Mayors whims. The best way is the old way, years ago the Chief was a Civil Service position and couldn't be fired or replaced unless they were charged with a crime or malfeasance of office. You see how that went away since the elected powers to be could not play puppeteer with Chiefs back then They hated that and slowly eliminated that problem, so they neutered the Chiefs, one "snip" and there goes the willingness and ability to disagree with arm chair quarterback Mayors. Now most if not all big cities have "appointed" and "contract" Chiefs who have to dance to the Mayor/City Councils tune of face elimination.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/7/2015 7:12 PM

It seems that everyone except police officers are innocent until proven guilty. When it comes to them the general consensus is that they are automatically guilty.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/8/2015 6:11 AM


Tone @ 5/24/2015 4:49 AM

What's even more sad is this relaxed mindset that people are dying on one end while the police are standing on the opposite in. Now i understand if confronted all unarmed men aren't dangerous and can't pose a realistic physical threat to an officer, but if I am unarmed, no weapon, how is it that in other cases abroad we're not hearing of other races being killed in the same fashion. Killing anyone is wrong unless there is good reasons to support that, but how can i meet you with equal force? I have a gun and you don't, but you posed a threat? I'm just confused people. I'm not understanding the dynamics. Maybe the officer felt in that moment his life was in immediate danger. I don't know, but to me it just seems suspect that all these killings are happening. The only comfort i get at the end of the day is knowing that whether right or wrong, God will judge higher than any L.E or court system. So hopefully the motive of the heart was in the right place! Investigate on L.A.P.D...

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