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Notes from the May 6, 2014 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, began by dedicating the meeting to and with a moment of silence for Officer Roberto Sanchez, who was killed in a traffic collision while on duty in the Harbor Area, and Officer George Nagata who passed away from a heart attack. President Soboroff announced the private service for Officer George Nagata will be Tuesday May 13, and the services for Officer Roberto Sanchez will be Wednesday May 14. President Soboroff welcomed members of the Domestic Violence Task Force to the meeting saying he appreciated their presence and asked them to speak during public comment.

Commissioner Robert M. Saltzman said he will be attending with Commissioner Kathleen Kim the quarterly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Forum scheduled for tonight and will provide a report at next week’s police commission meeting. Commissioner Saltzman added he did not want to comment on the jury verdict of a lawsuit against the Department and wanted to assure the Police Commission and the Department that he and Commissioner Kim will form a subcommittee to review and closely monitor the litigation and will be playing close attention to this matter. He said the Police Commission has wanted to focus on risk management on employee litigation and is looking forward to seeing progress in this area.

Chief of Police Charlie Beck said the Department strongly but respectfully disagrees with the jury’s verdict in the case discussed by Commissioner Saltzman regarding at-will employees who were recruits in the police academy and their right to work. Chief Beck has discussed this matter with Mike Feuer, City Attorney, and both agree they will do everything in their power to overthrow the verdict.  He said it was a very sad weekend for the Department with the loss of Officer Roberto Sanchez, who was killed in a traffic collision while on duty in the Harbor Area, and Officer George Nagata who passed away from a heart attack. Chief Beck said the services for Officer George Nagata will be Tuesday May 13, and the funeral for Officer Roberto Sanchez will be Wednesday May 14, at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Angels. Chief Beck invited everyone to attend the Police Memorial Ceremony in front of Department headquarters on Thursday May 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor the 207 fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 146 year history of the LAPD.

Department’s verbal update and discussion relative to the status of the field test of the On-body Camera Project was presented by Maggie Goodrich, Chief Information Officer, and Sergeant Dan Gomez, Tactical Technology Section.

Department’s Report, dated May 1, 2014, relative to City Council Motion relative to creating a Deputy Chief of Traffic Enforcement Position, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to Public Safety Committee.

Department’s Report, dated May 2, 2014, relative to the request for authority to destroy obsolete original records for Valley Jail Division, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

Department’s Report, dated May 1, 2014, relative to the Recommendation for the Medal of Valor, as set forth, was approved.

Continued from April 29, 2014, Department’s Report, dated April 23, 2014, relative to the Biased Policing update, Annual 2013 and Supplemental 2nd Quarter, 2013, as set forth, was approved.

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