LAPD takes aim 'misleading and inaccurate' media reports

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The Los Angeles Police Department has responded to recent allegations that Police Chief Charlie Beck softened disciplinary proceedings against a sergeant who allegedly had a relationship with Beck's daughter. 

LAPD said in a statement that "recent media articles" contain "misleading and inaccurate statements regarding LAPD disciplinary matters." The statement, sent out as an alert to the public, read: 

"Recently an internet blogger has been posting stories alleging, among other things, improprieties in the investigation and adjudication of discipline against personnel of the Los Angeles Police Department. These posts contain numerous misleading and blatantly false statements and are based on incomplete and inaccurate information.  Chief Beck was not involved in any way with the investigation, review or adjudication of the case identified by the internet blogger and referenced in a story in today's LA Times."

The L.A. Times reported Saturday that the commission that oversees LAPD will look into the allegations. The paper writes: 

The case centers on Sgt. George Hoopes, whom the department accused of violating rules against romantic ties between supervisors and those they command. The department sought to have him demoted.

In an interview Saturday, Hoopes' attorney, Ira Salzman, said his client had an 'entirely consensual' relationship with Beck's daughter, Brandi Pearson, when both were assigned to the Hollywood Division a few years ago. 

Last month, LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham brought the issue up in a letter to the Police Commission, writing: 

"As indicated  in some of the recently reported cases, Chief Beck’s selective, situational, and convenient  enforcement of the rules has brought such discredit to the disciplinary process, that employees  (and members of the public) no longer have faith or confidence in the fairness of the system." 

The letter was shared on CityWatchLA.com Friday.

You can read the LAPD's full statement here

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