Posts belonging to Category Police Commission

May 2018 Warning Bells article

May 2018 – Smile-You’re on Candid Camera No one at the League thought posting videos of uses of force on the internet was a good idea. No one at the Police Commis­sion cared. It was going to happen. Period. End of story. The League was allowed to meet with the Commission and express our concerns. […]

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, […]

January 2018 Warning Bells article

January 2018 – Restricting access to private activity on Department video Two things are happening that makes the knowledge of how to seal portions of body worn video (BWV) more important. The first is that the Department is going to be releasing the video to the public, and the second is that the buffer has […]

October 2017 Warning Bells article

Dunderheads? Did you realize that 52 percent of Categorical Uses of Force are Administratively Disapproved for at least one officer, and usually more than one? The standard for Administrative Disapproval is that an officer has “substantially deviated from Department policy or training without justification.” A 52 percent failure rate in private industry would immediately result […]

June 2017 Warning Bells article

Fantasy-based policing On May 2, 2017, the Police Commission adopted the recommendations of the Inspector General (IG) in a report titled “Review of National Best Practices.” This report compared LAPD to two documents that purported to be the latest, greatest views on policing. The first was the “Final Report of the President’s Task Force on […]

May 2017 Warning Bells article

Lemonade   The Police Commission handed officers a lemon in November of 2015 when newly appointed Police Commission President Matt Johnson decided that uses of force must go down and changing our policy was the way to accomplish that goal. The Inspector General filed a report in March of 2016 that recommended incorporating de-escalation into […]

March 2017 Warning Bells article

Police Commission administrative disapprovals matter When you are involved in a categorical use of force, it starts a chain reaction. First, of course, is the Force Investigation Division interview the night of the use of force. Then, there’s the restriction from the field until you are cleared by Behavioral Science Section and the Chief hears […]

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 […]