Beck Downplays Fallout From Potential LAPD Gang Unit Exodus

Expects most officers to OK disclosures

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Facing the prospect of a substantial number of officers leaving LAPD gang units rather than sign financial disclosure forms, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says there are no concerns about the department’s ability to deal with the situation.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports that there are still two months to go until officers have to agree to sign the forms or they will go back to field units, and he expects the vast majority will sign the forms.

Although there may be some temporary adjustments, the police chief has pledged that gang enforcement will continue on the streets.

When asked what might happen if up to 200 or more officers decide to go back to patrol, Beck said they will handle that problem if and when it arises.

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  • If you have nothing to hide...

    If a LAPD officer refused to disclose his sources of income I’d consider that de facto evidence that he is on the payroll of one of the gangs. Any officer that feels that he has something to hide should be immediately removed from the force.

    The fact that so many cops are afraid to come clean sends a very bad message to the public.

    • punisher

      Take it easy conspiracy theorist. Financial disclosures are a very private matter and to ask for them is an insult to most. If Lapd wasn’t doing a great job then why are all la crime statistics down significantly? The Lapd system of checks and balances also known as internal affairs would not and has not blinked to prosecute its own. You as an outsider would have no clue what goes on behind the scenes because like I said you’re an outsider just like I wouldn’t know the ins and outs of your menial job.

  • Tim

    I laugh that the public cries about getting pulled over by the police and in that same breath they expect officers to have no problem releasing all of their financial information. You scream 4th amendment violations yet contradict yourselves…

  • concerned

    Are the Chief and other Command Staff, also submitting the disclosure ??

  • Edgar Friendly

    How about the fact that the financial disclosure information can also force them to include information on their spouses, parents, and possibly children. How would YOU like to have this information out there, just waiting for some scuzzy defense attorney to figure out how to make it part of public record during a trial for their gangster client? How willing would YOU be to subject your family to this, to work an assignment that pays the same as regular patrol assignments, but offers increased risk and worse working conditions?

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