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Video: LAPD Chief Angers Police Commission with Video to Officers After Ezell Ford Ruling

June 15, 2015  | 

VIDEO: LAPD Chief Angers Police Commission with Video to Officers After Ezell Ford Ruling

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck stared into a camera Tuesday shortly after the Police Commission condemned an officer's fatal shooting of a mentally ill black man to offer words of encouragement to his rank-and-file cops.

“You have my support,” he said in the video message. “You have the support of the mayor. You have the support of the vast majority of the people of Los Angeles.”

Not mentioned on Beck's list of supporters was the civilian commission, which had just rejected the chief's conclusion that the shooting of 25-year-old Ezell Ford Jr. was justified. The commission found that one of the officer's tactics were so flawed that they placed the shooting out of LAPD policy, even though the officer was in a struggle with Ford over control of his gun. Police union officials and many officers were outraged by the decision, fearing it would set a new standard for how shootings are evaluated.

Beck's video raised concerns among the commissioners. When President Steve Soboroff saw the recording, he sent an email to Beck asking if the “glaring omission” of the civilian panel was purposeful.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Soboroff bristled at any suggestion that the commission didn't support officers. “To intimate that I don't care or don't have the best interests of officers — it's hurtful but it's so untrue,” Soboroff said. “It's so outrageous and so against anything that I feel or that I've ever displayed.”

Beck told Soboroff that it was not his intention to suggest that commissioners didn't back the officers.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/16/2015 11:22 AM

Come on Chief, don't back down now. You are just starting to get the respect of your officers back. Sounds like the commission wants to please the protestors and the far left. My goodness the commission might have to answer to Sharpton over the video. what a shame!

kevCopAz @ 6/21/2015 9:30 PM

YES, don't back down now Charlie! This time you are correct, if they had the backs of the officers then they would not have made the decision that they made. Funny how when they disagree with what the PD says they have every right to make statements to the press, but when the show is on the other foot somehow its "not right". Typical politicians, I have NEVER seen any agency that was backed as it should be by any police commission, perhaps NYPD or Boston, but for the most part the "commissions" are just for loud mouth libs to act as if they matter, most of the time they do not.

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