Patt Morrison For February 8, 2012

Ask the Chief

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck

Julio Morales

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck

LAPD has faced criticism for their policies surrounding the impounding of unlicensed drivers’ vehicles. Immigration rights groups say police polices regarding the impounding of vehicles is merely a way to generate revenue, while other critics feel that the law isn’t stringent enough. As for their own fleet of automobiles, LAPD is looking into ways to reduce the number of traffic accidents from its current figure of 1,250 crashes over the last three years. An average of one crash a day is endangering city residents and running up significant repair and legal bills. LAPD is also facing criticism for running what critics feel is a case of entrapment involving a police sting in the San Fernando Valley involving a stake out and the use of a “bait car” to entice criminals to steal.

LAPD’s sexually exploited child unit is conducting an investigation of a music magnet teacher at Hamilton High School. The suspect is facing allegations that he showered with several students at a local gym. Children face threats from other sexual predators as well - authorities are also looking into accusations that a former entertainment industry worker was using his position in the business to victimize children with aspirations in the television and movie industries.

Chief Beck will provide an update in the grisly investigation into the discovery of body parts in Bronson Canyon last month. The LAPD is also embroiled in a murder of their own - for the first time ever, a LAPD officer stands accused of murder in a 1986 case involving Stephanie Lazarus, a 26-year veteran of the LAPD who was arrested in 2009 and charged with the murder of her ex-boyfriend’s wife.

WEIGH IN:

The Chief joins us for our regular Q&A on these issues and more. What would you like to ask Los Angeles’ top cop?

Guest:

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck


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