Commissioner President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.
All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.
Executive Director’s Report, dated May 18, 2018, relative to the Renewal of Towing and Storage Agreement, Contract No. C-121705, with Absolute Towing – Hollenbeck Division, Inc., for Official Police Garage Service Area 4, as set forth. [BPC #18-0175] was approved and will transmit to the City Council.
Department’s Report, dated May 17, 2018, relative to Field Operations Training Unit – Recommendation for the Police Commission Unit Citation, as set forth. [BPC #18-0173] was approved.
Department’s Report, dated May 17, 2018, relative to the Special Olympics Working Group – Recommendation for the Police Commission Unit Citation, as set forth. [BPC #18-0172] was approved.
Department’s Report, dated May 16, 2018, relative to the 2018 First Quarter Report on Homelessness, as set forth. [BPC #18-0174] was approved.
Department’s Report, dated May 16, 2018, relative to the update on the Implementation of the National Best Practices, as set forth. [BPC #17-0370A] was approved.
Chief Beck said the 9th annual Gunbuy Back collected almost 500 guns, 10% of which were assault weapons. This event is part of reducing overall gun violence. Prior to the police commission meeting, Chief Beck gave more than one hundred 35-year service pins which speaks to the tenure of the LAPD leadership.
Chief Beck reported on an Officer-Involved Shooting that occurred in Northeast area after midnight on Monday May 21, 2018, in the area of Figueroa and Avenue 52. Officers observed and verified a stolen vehicle per their Mobile Digital Terminal. While in pursuit of the stolen vehicle, the officers saw the passenger lean out of the passenger window and begin firing at the police vehicle with a shotgun. Officers returned fire and were soon involved in a traffic collision. Suspects were captured and a loaded shotgun was recovered nearby.
Chief Beck wanted to clarify comments made last week by the President of the United States (POTUS) at a news conference with people from the State of California. POTUS stated in January 2018, LAPD arrested an illegal immigrant from Mexico for drug possession and instead of honoring an ICE detainer the LAPD released the suspect. A few weeks later the suspect committed a murder. Upon hearing this, Chief Beck had this incident investigated and verified the suspect’s identity with federal authorities. The suspect had been arrested several times by the LAPD. The murder occurred the summer prior of his initial arrest and had nothing to do with his release from custody following a minor narcotics arrest in January 2018. The LAPD arrested the suspect for that murder and he remains in custody. After reviewing records, there was no evidence that an ICE hold request was received for this individual.
Chief Beck provided Part IA crime statistics. Beck reports there are 10,035 sworn personnel, 2,939 civilian personnel, over 400 reserve officers, 271 specialists and almost 1,800 cadets