The Los Angeles Police Protective League has filed a federal lawsuit against Police Chief Charlie Beck, who they allege has manipulated LAPD’s officer-discipline process.
The police union asserts that Beck has “exerted improper influence” on police members of the department’s Board of Rights, a three-person panel that decides disciplinary cases for officers, who usually face termination or lengthy suspensions.
Two command staff members and an independent civilian member are on the board, which the union says should be performing “its duties in a fair and impartial manner.”
The union says the city charter section, which requires two command officers to be board members, is a violation of the 14th Amendment because the officers “owe their rank to the chief.” They are hoping the federal court agrees.
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