In a report detailing a police department that had lost control of itself and the support of its community, there are several key factors that reveal why the department was in the state it was in.1. An apparent failure to control or discipline officers in a consistent standardized manner.
In terms of actions by officers, of the department where there were over 8500 officers documented incidents of force over a four year period revealed that 1800 had 1 incident, 1400 had 2 or more, 183 had 4 or more, 44 had 6 or more, 16 had 8 or more, 1 had 16 incidents of force.
Recruiting standard of officers to the department were frequently cast aside. Candidates were reviewed on their ability to take a test rather than a stringent background investigation. Despite knowing that the best predictor of future behavior is previous behavior, recruiters recommendations were cast aside and their abilities to do investigation were hampered by a "hire all" mentality. Recruiters witnessed "do not hire" repeat applicants getting hired.
Training of officers emphasized tactical skills and "hardnosed" activities. Training Officers assigned to train the new academy graduates in general had extensive complaint and use of force records.
-Under Schultz and Banks, Officers have not only expressed crude remarks routinely via their MDT's regarding the citizens they serve but remark about African-Americans "NMAs" over the radio. Even in social media sites, officers remark about the citizens they serve in vile expression, "human waste disposal," "monkeys," "need to shoot somebody," and "place in hell.."
-Except for cases brought to the attention of the media by us here at the EYE, supervisors simply do not get disciplined in APD (except if your name is Lt. Tim Lopez).
-Fraternization runs amok in APD. As exemplified in open court at the Levi Chavez trial, casual sex amongst peers, supervisors/subordinates, and between sworn/civilian is rampant. Schultz and his command staff asserted that such conduct is simply "nature at play" and have engaged in such conduct themselves. And as exemplified in the Levi Chavez case, and the numerous officer suicides, failed to do anything.
-The department routinely treats citizens of different standing unequally. If you are poor and of a minority demographic you will not be treated the same as if you are white and wealthy. The department has concealed crimes and misconduct by its officers and given shelter to citizens of "standing" who have committed crimes.
-The department routinely settles cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars or is adjudged to pay damages in the millions of dollars for misconduct, and again, department leaders fail to act.
-APD leaders routinely use the public's resources to feather their own nest for their next career upon retirement.
-Officers are threatened with discipline if they do not make a certain number of arrests and citations.
-The APD training academy dwells on force at the expense of escalation tactics and methodologies.
-APD awards party supporters sworn or civilian to oversee sensitive and controversial department led domestic intelligence gathering operations such as the Real Time Crime Center. Make no mistake about this, the RTCC is a citizen spying unit and has no place in a free society.
This folks, is where APD is thanks to Schultz, Banks, and now Berry. If you think APD is not ready for a consent decree beyond comprehension, then do visit what transpired to LAPD after the Christopher Commission report. Many of our Eyes are experienced in law enforcement. Here is a simple question to ask all of the rank and file officers:
DO YOU HOLD YOURSELF TO MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS THAT THE PEOPLE YOU SERVE FAIL TO HOLD THEMSELVES TO?
Look at yourself in the mirror and ask that question. If you can stand up in public and say, "Yes" then you are a true police officer and it is time for you to step up and say "enough." Your police union will not do it (and certainly not between the times they are stealing from you) and your supervisors will not do it. You must do it.
If you cannot answer "yes," then turn in your badge because you are not worthy to wear it...and we will expose you.