Posts belonging to Category Discipline Issues

February 2018 Warning Bells article

February 2018 – Biased policing: Deja vu all over again The Department is still searching hard for that biased policing officer, but the gallows have been hanging empty and gathering dust despite the millions of dollars invested in ferreting out this ultimate crime. But don’t expect the effort to let up. If nothing else, though, […]

August 2017 Warning Bells article

TASER tag, and you’re it! The Police Commission is becoming alarmed, and, therefore, so is the Department. TASER use is going up. No kidding, you say. Every patrol officer now must wear one on their belt. Of course, TASERs are being used more. Wasn’t that the idea? Didn’t Commission President Johnson mandate this in his […]

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: […]

December 2016 Warning Bells article

The League and lawsuits “Sue the Bastards” is a phrase attributed to Environmental Law Attorney Victor Yannacone in the ‘60s that seems to have heartily survived to the present day. It could qualify as a League bumper sticker judging by the number of lawsuits filed by the League in the past year. So how do […]

November 2016 Warning Bells article

Use of Force and the Police Commission  They are supposed to be our leaders.   They are the head of the Department.  Everything they do is a reflection on Mayor Garcetti because he appoints them. So how can they come up with  decisions like this? The bare facts are these. Two officers respond to a 415 […]

September 2016 Warning Bells article

Administrative Disapproval Doesn’t sound like anything you want, does it? What is it? How do you get one?  What can you do about it?  You might think from the media hysteria arising out of the Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and other uses of force across the nation that this media attention to uses […]

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 […]

May 2016 Warning Bells article

An inconvenient truth Use of force policies must be short, simple and trained into the DNA of officers. Consider this. Sergeant Babysitter has been terrific at talking about everything under the sun but your shooting. Unfortunately, you can think of nothing else. The friendly chatter is actually distracting. You know that in too short of […]

April 2016 Warning Bells article

Another damn reason not to cuss! Potty mouth used to be cured with a bar of soap clenched in the offender’s teeth for a period of time calculated to impress on the youngster the joys of cleanliness both in body and speech. Nowadays that punishment would result in potential criminal charges and a visit from […]

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 […]