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Video: Los Angeles Police Union Sues Chief Over "Improper Influence" in Disciplinary Process

May 20, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Los Angeles Police Union Sues Chief Over "Improper Influence" in Disciplinary Process

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has filed a federal lawsuit against Police Chief Charlie Beck, who they allege has manipulated LAPD’s officer-discipline process.

The police union asserts that Beck has “exerted improper influence” on police members of the department’s Board of Rights, a three-person panel that decides disciplinary cases for officers, who usually face termination or lengthy suspensions.

Two command staff members and an independent civilian member are on the board, which the union says should be performing “its duties in a fair and impartial manner,” KTLA reports.

The union says the city charter section, which requires two command officers to be board members, is a violation of the 14th Amendment because the officers “owe their rank to the chief.” They are hoping the federal court agrees.


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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/20/2016 10:51 PM

Mr Burns(Percy), working as a Police Officer is more in the real world than you'll ever be, unfortunately. You are correct, suing the LAPD Chief is a waste of time because the city will probably just shoot it down. I do not agree with #5. A review board should be made up of experienced Officers from within the Dept, not civilians. We need fair, unbiased reviews.

kevcopAz @ 5/22/2016 3:46 PM

Disagree, based upon experience,an all civilian board is NOT best, quite the opposite.Places with all civilian (such as civil service boards) give LESS discipline on the average then do a combination of sown and civilian.In some cases where the selected civilians become more like political activists its a disaster where agenda overrules facts, officers rights etc. Found that a combination of upper rank, sworn officers and civilians works best. The upper rank board members were cops and have basic knowledge of police work,but frankly are out of touch with todays realities, but their influence is needed to understand policy and how decisions might effect the dept.The line officers input brings into perspective the reality of police work and brings a valuable street level officers view into the mix. The civilian members bring in an outsiders view and some checks and balances into the process. All members learn from the input of all others, then common ground can be reached. It works well.

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