02 September 2008

Judge rules LAPD officers disclose financial assets

(H/T: Connie)

LAPD officers who work in specialized units (TAC, gangs, VICE, Special Ops) are now required to submit reports detailing the financial position of they and their immediate families.

Story here.

Ignoring the police union and the District Attorney, U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess decided that having officers disclose personal financial information was important because "having a baseline of disclosure" helps in police corruption cases.

What a bunch of utter non-sense! This Liberal puke, no doubt a 'police hater', has impugned law enforcement by assuming police are guilty until proven innocent. He also misses the point that many officers in these units will just resign, rather than have their personal information in the hands of a hostile, anti-police government agency.

From the article:
U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said his years of experience on the bench and as a former prosecutor have led him to conclude that "having a financial baseline is an essential starting point in an investigation into officers who appear to be living beyond their means or are otherwise engaged in corrupt conduct."

He chided the Los Angeles Police Protective League for threatening that the hundreds of affected anti-gang and narcotics officers would seek transfers from their units if they were forced to submit to the disclosure requirements.

"It would be difficult . . . to commend the LAPPL for its commitment to the public interest," Feess wrote. He said it "would be inequitable to reward them for their conduct" by granting their request for a temporary restraining order.

Feess also went out of his way to criticize Cooley, who testified at City Council hearings on behalf of the union earlier this year. The judge said that he was "unimpressed" with the district attorney's "counterintuitive view."

Cooley, in a statement released Friday, said he had read Feess' ruling and considered the "matter of great import and worthy of an appeal."

The judge's ruling was signed Thursday but obtained by union and city officials Friday. At issue is the final piece of a broad reform campaign that began after the Rampart corruption scandal and has kept the department under federal oversight since 2000.

Sgt. Wes McBride (LASD, retired) has a great response to this over at Officer.com.

He's right that this isn't a proactive policy: It is vindictive. Officers who are corrupt will just change their tactics and put the illicit monies elsewhere. Who are they kidding?!?!!

How soon before Daley and J-fraud P. Weis get together and do this in Chicago? Just a matter of time, I'm sure.


Anonymous said...

Bingo RSM!!Corrupt officers do not play by the rules,why would they??Police Departments cannot police themselves in todays environment.

rosco said...

All your personal info is available on line at many different websites. Type in the name and pay the price, its yours.