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LAPD officers tampered with recording equipment

File photo: Police Chief Charlie Beck discusses issues facing the LAPD.  Investigators have found that  police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored.
File photo: Police Chief Charlie Beck discusses issues facing the LAPD. Investigators have found that police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored.
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Investigators have found that Los Angeles police officers tampered with recording gear in dozens of patrol cars to avoid being monitored.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that one inspection found that about half of the estimated 80 cars in a South LA division were missing antennas that help capture officers' communications. Antennas in at least 10 more cars in other divisions were also removed.

Chief Charlie Beck learned about the problem last summer, but issued general warnings and installed new checks rather than investigate which officers were responsible.

Members of the police commission tell the Times that they were not briefed until months later.

Beck said he did not deliberately keep commissioners in the dark, and emphasized that he has been a vocal advocate of in-car cameras.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com