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Los Angeles Voters Pass Disciplinary Flexibility Measure for Police

May 17, 2017  | 

Los Angeles police officers facing disciplinary hearings will have a choice of appearing before an all-civilian review board or a panel that includes two command-level officers, thanks to voters’ approval of a ballot measure condemned by critics as a weakening of the LAPD’s disciplinary system.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Charter Amendment C earned 92,874 yes votes (57.14 percent) and 69,647 no votes (42.85 percent).

“The passage of Charter Amendment C will increase civilian oversight of the LAPD,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Measure C was placed on Tuesday’s ballot by the Los Angeles City Council and received support from Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and the police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

The LAPPL argued the current system is unfair because of the belief that the police chief has undue influence on sworn members of board of rights panels, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

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kevcopaz @ 5/17/2017 6:29 PM

Having been on discipline boards (as a peer) in Phoenix for years I can tell you that citizens sometimes have more common sense when it comes to discipline then "command officers".Keeping command officers work for the best in two ways, one keeping undue influence to ease the discipline on an officer that is held in some favor by them or higher ups or it will keep these same command officers who hold a grudge against a officer for whatever reason and will screw officers for no good reason as well. I have seen it time and time again. I have even seen these command" officers whoo are so out of touch with current policy and or police work that they still think its "back in the day" and make hair brained decisions. Further they are so "busy" and could sometimes carte less to give the hearing its due concern and just want to get it over with and go about "other more important" things.They crush a career to make the next meeting or just to get to lunch. trick is pick right citizens(no agenda)

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