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Ask the Chief: LAPD top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions

Mar 14, 2012
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The Mayor’s choice for LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

The last month has been a busy one for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Chief Charlie Beck, especially when it comes to issues of the four-wheeled sort. A group of LAPD motorcyle officers are set to go through with a lawsuit filed last summer, alleging the officers were denied overtime and given bad performance reviews because they didn’t fulfill traffic ticket quotas. Potentially more damaging are the recent statistics about the number of auto accidents involving police vehicles: 1250 over three years – that’s an average of one per day. The city has spent $24 million on lawsuits and settlements, and in several cases, police officers have been found responsible for civilian fatalities and for lying about their involvement. On top of this already tricky powder keg comes the LAPD’s latest announcement: a plan to stop impounding the vehicles of certain unlicensed drivers, which critics argue will attract even more illegal workers to the Southland. Cruiser-related or not, now’s your opportunity to ask the Chief!

Guest:

Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department

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