Posts belonging to Category Board of Rights

August 2018 Warning Bells article

Facebook and the First Amendment I have joked in the past that an officer should be suspended for five days just for opening a Facebook account. Humor aside, what can happen to you while using the internet is no laughing matter. We see internet comments used in many Internal Affairs investigations.  How can that be, […]

January 2017 Warning Bells article

Charter change. What is it? Why did it happen? Why do we want it? In March of this year, the public will be asked to approve a Charter change affecting discipline for LAPD officers. It addresses the makeup of the members of the Board of Rights. Currently, a Board of Rights consists of three members: […]

August 2016 Warning Bells article

The system is rigged At the risk of sounding like a presidential candidate, this is what the League has been saying about the discipline system and what the League has been trying to fix. The City Charter gives an officer the right to a trial by a three-member panel known as a Board of Rights […]

March Warning Bells article

Four years of hell On April 15, 2012, Officer Jonathan Lai and his partner made an observation stop that would be life-changing. A 13-second use of force would take nearly four years to adjudicate. First, he was restricted from field duty, then ordered home, and finally, relieved of duty without pay. It started out as a simple […]

Feb 2016 Warning Bells article

Counting the days Doing nothing can have severe consequences. One of the many inquiries we get at the League concerns the various appeals available to officers’ when the Department takes some kind of adverse action against them. All too often, by the time the question is asked, it is too late to do anything about […]

Feb 2015 Warning Bells article

Thank goodness! The discipline system IS fair after all! At least that is the conclusion arrived in the recently released investigation report written by the Department and given to the Police Commission in November of last year.  After Dorner’s rampage, Chief Beck directed the Department to conduct focus groups to express their opinions regarding Dorner’s claims […]

Nov 2014 Warning Bells article

Three Strikes and the Discipline System is Out Or at least it should be. Then again, maybe a better metaphor would be three strikes and its life imprisonment away from us. A third LAPD captain is suing the Department alleging retaliation for failing to terminate an officer at a Board of Rights. Let’s recap this. There are […]

Oct 2014 Warning Bells article

Chief’s Interference with Board of Rights Rebuffed by Appellate Court “I send people to a Board of Rights for a reason – to be terminated,” Chief Beck told Dominique DiPrima during a KJLH-FM interview. As mentioned in previous columns, two prior Board of Rights members alleged in separate lawsuits that high-ranking Department officials told them pretty much the […]

Sept 2014 Warning Bells article

Not Even the Chief Respects the Discipline System Last week, two administrative appeal rulings from the Chief came across my desk. The hardworking representatives for the officers had won them at the hearing officer level, but the Chief of Police rejected both of the hearing ocer’s recommendations. Unfortunately, this is not unusual. Both due process […]

June 2014 Warning Bells article

Your due process rights trashed? In America, we have a government built on a series of checks and balances because our founding fathers had a healthy and realistic appreciation of the shortcomings of human nature. Unchecked power corrupts, therefore, the American constitutional preoccupation with the rule of law and the concept of due process. In more practical terms, […]