Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck asked his civilian bosses Tuesday to delay their review of the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man while the district attorney's office is evaluating whether to charge the officer who opened fire.
Beck made the request at the weekly meeting of the city's Police Commission, a day after The Times reported that he had recommended that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's office charge the officer who killed Brendon Glenn.
The chief told the Police Commission that his recommendation -- the first time as chief that he has called for criminal charges in a fatal on-duty shooting -- was not one he took lightly. Beck said he believed it was important for him as chief to "stand up for the department when it's right," but also "be forthright when he sees something that he believes is wrong."
The commissioners, who oversee the LAPD and decide whether or not officers who use deadly force violated the department's policies, did not initially say at Tuesday's meeting whether they will grant Beck's request. The chief asked for the delay so the commission's review would not "conflate" the D.A.'s investigation or potential prosecution.
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