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    The Crooks are in the Statehouse, Meaning Police Officers and Other Public Servants Should be Fired and Jailed……Sure Can’t Place all Blame on Caucasian Police Officers, because Black LAPD Officers are Also Involved in this Cover-Up!


    The Crooks are in the Statehouse, Meaning Police Officers and Other Public Servants Should be Fired and Jailed……Sure Can’t Place all Blame on Caucasian Police Officers, because Black LAPD Officers are Also Involved in this Cover-Up, Most of this Activity in the 8th and 9th LA City Council Districts!



    Just like the MLK Killer/Butcher King Atrocities, The LA Times may very well win another Pulitzer Prize for reporting corruption within the LAPD.


    “Times Investigation- LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes as minor offenses” by Ben Poston and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2014.

    Selected Excerpts:

    1. “Once police had Nathan Hunter in handcuffs, they tended to his wife. She was covered in blood. She told the officers Hunter flew into a rage that night in February 2013 because she hadn't bought him a Valentine's Day gift. He beat and choked her before stabbing her in the face with a screwdriver and throwing her down a flight of stairs at their apartment in South L.A., according to police and court records.”

    2. “That's not what happened. The Los Angeles Police Department classified it as a simple assault — a minor offense not included in the city's official tally of serious crimes.”

    3. “It was no isolated case. The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a Times investigation found.”

    4. “Nearly all the misclassified crimes were actually aggravated assaults. If those incidents had been recorded correctly, the total aggravated assaults for the 12-month period would have been almost 14% higher than the official figure, The Times found.”

    5. “Beck declined to be interviewed. In a statement, he said classifying crimes is "a complex process that is subject to human error."”

    6. “If the misclassifications were mainly inadvertent, police would be expected to make a similar number of mistakes in each direction — reporting serious crimes as minor ones and vice versa, said Eli Silverman, professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.”

    7. “But The Times' review found that when police miscoded crimes, the result nearly always was to turn a serious crime into a minor one.”

    8. “The Times' analysis of LAPD crime statistics was based on a year's worth of data — from early October 2012 through September 2013 — obtained through public records requests. The information included brief summaries of officers' reports for more than 94,000 crimes and showed how the incidents were classified.”

    9. “The Times compiled an initial list of nearly 2,000 misclassified crimes. Almost 1,400 were violent offenses; the rest were property crimes.”





    10. “The misclassified cases included one in which a man suffered third-degree burns when his girlfriend poured boiling water on him as he slept, another in which a man stabbed his girlfriend with scissors and a third in which two men choked and beat a neighbor with a metal bar until he lost consciousness.”

    11. “In the case of Nathan Hunter's assault on his wife, his use of a weapon and the resulting injuries clearly fit the FBI's definition of aggravated assault — an attack meant to inflict severe injury that usually involves the use of a weapon.”


    The LAPD 77th Precint Division is located in 9th District, Councilman Curren Price’s District.


    12. “The officer who wrote Hunter's arrest report described the incident as "spousal abuse." A supervisor at the 77th Division approved the report without clarifying whether it was a simple or an aggravated assault. A clerk later typed in the code for simple assault.”

    13. “That audit examined 383 simple assaults during a six-month period and found 1 in 10 should have been reported as aggravated assaults. Had the incidents been reported correctly, the city's aggravated assault total would have been 32% higher than the official figure, The Times calculated.”

    14. More recently, a review of 105 assaults from July 2012 concluded that 3% of the simple assaults examined were actually aggravated assaults. If those incidents had been included, the department's tally of aggravated assaults that month would have been about 10% higher.


    15. The LAPD Southwest Division is located in 8th District, Councilman Bernard Park’s District.



    16. “John Elder, a veteran detective in the LAPD's Southwest Division, had downgraded nearly 100 serious assaults to minor offenses, "resulting in a significant misrepresentation" of the division's assault totals over a seven-month period in 2008, according to an internal investigation report.”

    17. “Two clerks in the Southwest station told investigators Elder ordered them to record all cases of domestic violence as minor assaults, regardless of the facts — a strategy that further suppressed the division's violent crime totals, according to the investigative report.”
    “Elder denied the charges and said that any problems in the division's statistics were inadvertent mistakes and the result of inadequate training.”

    18. His commanding officer, Capt. Steven Zipperman, found otherwise, concluding that Elder had deliberately attempted to "cook the books."

    19. "This is an integrity issue that erodes the basic foundation by which we are judged," the report said.
    Despite recommendations from Zipperman and others that Elder be fired, Beck concluded the detective had not acted deliberately. The chief reprimanded him and removed him as a supervisor.

    20. "Beck declined to discuss the case."

    21. "Through an attorney, Elder also declined to comment. The LAPD recently paid $325,000 to settle a lawsuit in which Elder claimed the disciplinary case was part of a campaign of harassment, according to court and City Council records."

    22. "The department's focus on numbers has "grown into a dog and pony show, a resource sucker, a cause for fear," said Patrick Barron, who retired as a detective in 2012 after a 30-year career with the LAPD."

    23. ""Detectives should be worried about making sure their cases are thoroughly investigated and their victims and witnesses are treated with dignity," he said. "They shouldn't be worried about the statistics."

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