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LAPD Chief Beck on the Griffith Park attacks, LAPD morale after officer deaths




Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks during news conference at LAPD headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks during news conference at LAPD headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in downtown Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for AirTalk’s monthly Check-in.

First, Chief Beck explains what happened to cause the multi-car accident he was involved in on Wednesday night. Luckily no one was hurt: 

"I have a funny story about it. I was in uniform and our car ended up against the K-rail, the concrete K-rail, and my driver couldn't get out. I get out and I go to the car that we'd run into — or had run into us — and it was an SUV driven by a women with two teenage kids in it. So her door was all  tweaked and mangled, so I pulled the door open and I asked, 'Are you alright?' like anybody else would. She looked at me and she says, 'Oh my God, it's the Chief, how did you get here so fast?' I said I was flying by and I just dropped in. It was absolutely true. Luckily I checked and nobody was seriously injured. Obviously there's always some trauma that goes with those kinds of accidents, but no one was seriously injured."

In addition to Chief Beck's accident, we address a number of concerns including the two assaults that have taken place in Griffith Park. How are these attacks impact park-goers? What steps are the LAPD taking to ensure a safe environment at Griffith Park?

A number of car crashes have led to three officer fatalities within the police department. How have these accidents impacted morale within the LAPD?  In the wake of these accidents, are additional safety measures being implemented?

Guest:

Charlie Beck, Chief of Los Angeles Police Department