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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

LAPD Officers Removed Antennas from Police Cars in Black Areas to Disable Recording Devices

lapd_beckLos Angeles police officers removed antennas from police cars in several predominantly Black neighborhoods to disable the recording equipment and avoid being monitored while on duty, according to an inspection by LAPD investigators.

The department review found about half of the 80 cars in the Southeast division—which includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects—were missing the antennas that help capture what officers say in the field. The review discovered at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions also had antennas removed.

Members of the Police Commission, which oversees the department, said they were alarmed by both the actions of the officers and the failure of the department to reveal their actions when they were first detected.

“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”

But LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department did not purposely try to hide the matter from the commission and pointed out that he has always been a strong advocate of the recording devices. LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. Instead the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift.

One of the main reasons a federal judge agreed to lift the Department of Justice’s oversight of the notoriously corrupt LAPD last year, after more than a decade, was because of safeguards such as the cameras.

The cameras turn on automatically whenever an officer activates the car’s emergency lights and sirens or can be activated manually. They are used to record traffic stops and other encounters that occur in front of the vehicle.

In addition, officers wear small transmitters on their belts that relay their voices back to the antennas in the patrol car. Sgt. Dan Gomez, a department expert on recording devices, told the Times that regardless of whether they are in front of the camera, officers’ voices can be recorded hundreds of yards away from the car—but that distance is severely curtailed by as much as a third without the antennas.

 

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

Comments

  1. Interracial Greeting Cards says:

    Typical. You have criminals perpetrating as 'law enforcement'. The only thing they enforce is crime committed against the avg poor, black person by them. They really should be called crime enforcement & white entitlement enforcement. That would be closer to the truth. Or maybe more pointedly–slave catchers. That's really all they are.

  2. N ppl still claim there's no racism..

  3. So, who's the criminal? What do the police have to hide if they aren't breaking the law? Why aren't they being arrested and charged for the crimes they are committing? Why isn't the District Attorney taking accountability? Where the fuck is the Justice Department? Give me back my damn tax dollars because I am not getting what I paid for!

  4. Donna Hamilton says:

    Don't people get that these kind of cops breed more crime, i'm going to keep saying these until everyone hear me ..

  5. Sylvan Aaron says:

    if this were to happen in anyone else's neighborhood, police officers would be fired left and right. I bet the aftermath will be retraining the same officers to not do this again

  6. Inter….. I agree these dirty cops need exposing, and to be punished. However, "slave catchers"???? Thats really an antique race card, that is far too old to play.

  7. Where are the cameras and recordings when the police jump out on every black man remove him from his car and go thru his shit! ijs

  8. Nadia Bramhan says:

    Terrorism to the extreme! Hell they even look like terrorists!!!

  9. Ash Lee says:

    Dorner was right…

  10. Kathy Ladykat Peacock says:

    Florida city fires entire corrupt police department. They should do the same.

  11. Robert Bellin says:

    So the dicktards begin a shift, roll out, remove the antennae, and replace it when the shift is completed.

  12. So they plan ahead of time to violate peoples rights and the law.

  13. Rey G. Domingo says:

    "… the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift."

    What happens in between? They can remove the antennas once out of the police headquarters and put it back before their shifts end.

  14. There is absolutely NO REASON for these cops to be disabling those car recording devices unless they were illegally PLANNING ahead for when they went out on their patrols. These officers are well aware that they are being watched for using excessive force and profiling that often occurs when there are minorities involved. I'm sure that this form of misconduct has only increased the number of wrongfully brutalized and incarcerated Black and Latino citizens. Cops who do this should be removed from the police force because their patrols throughout the cities (especially in communities made up of minorities) are disasters waiting to happen.

  15. Ron Moore says:

    Slave catchers, revenue generators and badged criminals. They really suck!

  16. They can detect when the antennae were disabled and who was on duty in the vehicle at that time. This isn't C.S.I. stuff. They have everything they need to discover the officers doing this except for the motivation.

  17. Brian Stephon says:

    And there is not a single white person protesting this. Go figure.

  18. Sean A. Legore says:

    The rules were changed, so what did the DIRTY F*&^%**% Pigs do,adapted to the new rules. Nothing has changed they still wanted to use their badges to practice their hatred and racism toward African People.

  19. Sean A. Legore says:

    The rules were changed, so what did the DIRTY F*&^%**% Pigs do,adapted to the new rules. Nothing has changed they still wanted to use their badges to practice their hatred and racism toward African People.

  20. Only someone naive or stupid would claim there to be no racism. Look at Trayvon Martin. Black kid gets gunned down and no one does anything. No justice. This country is still racist. If he'd been white and Zimmerman black he'd have gotten the death penalty easily. I am often ashamed to be white.

  21. Itzli Atlaocoya says:

    Daniel Richard Wolkoff – You can't help who you were born to be but you can help how your action or inaction as a person affects the issues. Don't be ashamed by your skin no matter what the color.

  22. Kenny Chiarito says:

    CHARLIE BECK SUCKS MOOSE COCK!!!!

  23. This just in, "the LAPD has conducted an exhaustive investigation and concluded that they are innocent of all charges."

  24. Brickbat Revue says:
  25. Huh. In black neighborhoods?? REally??!!
    Oh this IS surprising…. not.

  26. Huh. In black neighborhoods?? REally??!!
    Oh this IS surprising…. not.

  27. or leave with pay (some punishment)

  28. Kerman Perkins says:

    Keep in mind these same fools yall talking about there rights are the same ones doing drive by shooting when our kids are playing so dont be to quick to judge someone has to do the dirty work to keep citizens safe

  29. Cassie McLin says:

    You are cosmically stupid.

  30. Brickbat Revue says:

    I'm simply appalled that this has been lifted from the LA Times by Atlanta Black Star. It is right on the edge. I would like to see Atlanta Black Star's sources for this story.

  31. King Gregory says:

    DC police or any other agency working in the District of Columbia don't have any type of monitoring equipment.

  32. Lol shut tf up. Quick to judge, but yur the one judgeing every black person to be a drive by shooter an yu yourself are black. If yur kid got shot due to gang related shit yur kid was apart of it without yu knowing.

  33. They will naver protest don't matter how many black friend they got. We are in it all by our selve. All white is the police.

  34. What the fuck are you a fucking niggropenion.?

  35. Javier B. Pacheco says:

    "To Protect and Serve" seems to have been replaced by "Guilty until proven innocent."

  36. Andrea Wand says:

    Daniel Richard Wolkoff … Damn don't say that. Be proud to be the kind of person that will speak the truth any when it hurts.

  37. Andrea Wand says:

    Who are you the COPS because it's always some bullshit ass police member making these lame ass statements such as yours. Every person of color IS NOT a fucking drive by shooter so don't generalize the fucking matter. I have a son who is and honor student is NOT gang affiliated and has not ever been in trouble with the law and the BULLSHIT WHITE establishment has targeted him, A CHILD so go fuck yourself with that bullshit statement. And for the record I come from a family of numerous law enforcement personnel and even they will say they sadden sicken embarrassed by the corrurt rogue that run these police agencies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Itzli Atlaocoya I just hate the stupid shit other white people do. It makes me look bad.

  39. Andrea Wand And I am. I just get upset at people. I want to trust cops.

  40. Douglas Brown says:

    Small people with small minds. Racism is a mental illness and wben people start calling them (racists) mentally ill is when they will stop doing dumb stuff.

  41. Bertram Wallace says:

    Still corrupt! Nothing has changed!!!

  42. they don't work

  43. Cheryl Brown Strickland says:

    Exactly what stops each officer from taking it off when going on duty and replacing it when getting off? Why do they not permanently attach the antennas and have some kind of alert when it is detached?

  44. Mario Gandolfo says:

    LOLOLOLOLOL WHY IS THIS NO SURPRISE..THEY BURNED A MAN ALIVE RECENTLY AND SHOT UP 3 VEHICLES BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT A SUSPECT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR WAS IN EACH SEPARATE VEHICLE..LAPD THE MOST CORRUPT AND LAWLESS POLICE FORCE IN THIS COUNTRY……….

  45. Daniel Richard Wolkoff YOU ARE PATHETIC SELF HATING WHITE. MAYBE YOU LOOK AT FACT OF CASE INSTEAD OF ASSUMING EVUL RACIST WHITEY B KILLIN DA BLACK MAN. PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE EVERYBODY ASHAME OF BEING WHITE

  46. Daniel Richard Wolkoff "gunned down". ROFLMAO!!! Yeah, okay. And awl he wanned ta do is say hi to Mister Zimmerman! Psycho…

  47. Joey Cuellar says:

    What do you need monitoring equipment for? Its clear whose rights will be violated, there is no need to monitor that.

  48. Lol daniel, ashamed to be white? Eat a bullet you fuckin mangina.

  49. Danny Blaq says:

    It only happens because people ALLOW it to happen! What most haven't realized is that complaining about it on Facebook and sharing it. Doesn't do a damn thing. Trayvon Marting, Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis, Sean Bell, Rodney King, Amadou Diallou, Kathryn Johnston and there is a LONG list from 25 years ago until today. It hasn't slowed down a bit which simply means. They feel very comfortable and confident in doing it because they know nothing will happen.

    They know that people will bitch and moan about it for a short period of time and then it is back to business. No different than the women who stays with a woman beater.

  50. Max Jones says:
  51. Ray King says:

    white entitlement my ass.

  52. The ones who removed the antennas are not the only criminals. The ones who decide to used those patrol cars are also guilty of such crime for conveniently using them and not reporting the missing equipment. Throw all of them out of the job and put them in jail for hiding criminal activity done by them.

  53. It really does not matter if the foul actions of the Police are recorded, they always walk on all charges no matter how horrific the crime they have committed, video evidence or not.

  54. Greg Yance says:

    the law is going to change pretty soon…we got 40 new prisons that about to open within the next three months around the country….and they need bodies…the summertime is always a great time for ground breakings..because when any race gets hot…they get irritated.. i hate to say this,,,because change will never come…but fuck investing in stacks…invest in prisons…now let me go throw up about speaking the truth.

  55. Daniel Richard Wolkoff lol you're trying too hard. Ya pathetic shill.

  56. The truth is the light it shall set you free right on lil brother but you or i can not get stock in them i wonder why love you lil bro stay positive.

  57. Luke Coolmiddlename Murray says:

    HA, When were you ever getting what was stolen from you?

    "it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas"

    In other words we don't care but we'll say a lot of words to try and calm any citizen restlessness.

  58. "Failure of the department…." being the keys words. If bad policing is not corrected by "good" police officers, are all police officers "bad"!

  59. Bwire Vincent says:

    Daniel Richard Wolkoff Closely monitoring the Amanda Knox case.

  60. Péter Nagy says:

    That subtle hint of Chris Dorner in the background pictures…. What was his motive again? Ah yes. Corruption within the LAPD…. And he got burned alive.

  61. Itzli Atlaocoya He just did. lol

  62. Jayson Mickel says:

    Fucked up

  63. Daniel Richard Wolkoff Do not be ashamed my friend you can only be judged by your actions not the actions of others because you share the shade of color…as a black/Nativeamerican/white blend i can tell you there is enough embarrassment for every color….I'm thinking or marrying a Asian girl so i can have a super child!

  64. actually look at this post the ther eare plenty of Caucasians potesting

  65. actually look at this post the ther eare plenty of Caucasians potesting

  66. Daniel Richard Wolkoff You can't help who you were born, but you can kill yourself. Do it.

  67. Remember the "Reconstruction era" in 1865, race's were getting along until the klan, segregationists, and racist thugs rose up and created chaos in all of America. Watch America today, its the same racism then as it is now.

  68. Derpetta V. Greene says:

    Daniel Richard Wolkoff Do not be ashamed of being white. That is not what black folks want. All we want is a conversation, and for the issue not to be dismissed. We want validation, acceptance and reassurance. We don't ask for anyone to feel any type of way

  69. Dorner is the only good cop I ever heard of. Him and the ones that quit the force because of the corruption, it's a couple of 'em that did it.

  70. Raymond Marshall It's a difference between commenting on FB and protesting. Protesting brings a person face to face, it's much more effective.

  71. it sure aint the man wth the badge & gun Joey

  72. Carlo Fortunato says:

    They obviously know which cops did this, so why do they still have a job?

  73. Carlo Fortunato says:

    They obviously know which cops did this, so why do they still have a job?

    [LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. ]

    Cops don't have regular cars? You don't know which cops are in which cars? The recording devices don't record the time, so you can't tell when they stopped recording and who was using the car at the time? You expect people to believe this?

  74. Carlo Fortunato says:

    They obviously know which cops did this, so why do they still have a job?

    [LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. ]

    Cops don't have regular cars? You don't know which cops are in which cars? The recording devices don't record the time, so you can't tell when they stopped recording and who was using the car at the time? You expect people to believe this?

  75. Allblk ForReal says:

    The New Racism, Is To Deny Racism Exists. Stayup People, because it's crowned at the bottom. Peace

  76. Tom Johns says:

    Let's not just make it about black and white. There is enough hate to go around. There only to kinds of people good and bad and they come in all colors.

  77. Florida has no room to talk. They are not role model material.

  78. Bwire Vincent says:

    Arrest the Black man for something he didn't do.

    Make him spend some time in jail. Black man loses job, misses out on some payments, credit goes bad, can't find job, unemployment, food stamps…

    poverty

    or crime.

    Arrest the Black man for something he did!

  79. Wes Sales says:

    SO THEY WONDER WHY THE PUBLIC DO NOT TRUST THE POLICE LAPD CPD NOW WHO IS THE CRIMINAL.

  80. INDEED!!

  81. INDEED!

  82. INDEED!!

  83. INDEED!!

  84. No surprise here;..after all, we're talkin' LAPD!

  85. DerrickandMunira Smith says:

    Interesting…the disabling of antennas as recording devices which were used to hold officers accountable could only truly mean one thing. There is an agenda underway and I strongly advice people of color to not only learn their rights but stay completely out of harms way. Without accountability and officers with integrity, officers are nothing more than state approved gangsters with guns with the "Law" at their back.

  86. Found more than half of the 80 cars without antennas- remarkable! Find the bad cop early the ones without the antenna smh

  87. In the poetic words of N.W.A…. FTP

  88. Why the cops don't take the bullets out there weapons make them disfunctional every shift

  89. David Kempton says:

    If those "officers" (racists with badges and guns) are not fired, whatever the chief says is bullshit. Obviously, these piggies are more concerned with busting heads than protecting or serving.

    Rogue police, or police with the Homeland Security attachments (MP5s, no-knock door openers, mini-tanks and APCs, stuff they are giving to police EVERYWHERE, to militarize the response) are out of control. They now believe it is their right and duty to behave as the oppressors. One state even has passed a law allowing citizens to shoot police that break into your home without knocking (as it SHOULD be. The people need a 50-50 chance…)

    If you want the nation to be safe, CONTROL YOUR POLICE. If we have to go to war with the pigs, it really WILL get bloody – and it will be entirely the fault of the right and the NRA.

  90. Rick Greer says:

    COWER COPS WHO BREAK

  91. The only good ones are the dead ones. Serve and protect? More like shoot first then ask questions. Then get off scott free after we investigate ourselves. Fucking joke.

  92. The only good ones are the dead ones. Serve and protect? More like shoot first then ask questions. Then get off scott free after we investigate ourselves. Fucking joke.

  93. Daniel Richard Wolkoff Don't be ashamed of being Caucasian be ashamed of the free masonic jerks in power.

  94. ^^

  95. 'Will Toca says:

    And you wonder why cops get killed. I've been saying this since Public Enemy. Fuck the Police.

  96. Lapd is the largest gang in L.A. Crooked bastards…Figures

  97. If anything has taught us as of late .Is that RACISM Is alive and very Healthy In Fact It's got it's own PR Group And It has Power Yep Congressman and Women Federal Judges Supreme Court Judges worst of all UNCLE TOM Congress Man Judges Corporate Mouth Pieces Who never saw the struggle they were kept with that golden Spoon up their ass so long they don't see or want to see it. Proof Our President The White And Uncle Tom Congressman / Women Have been on a relentless pursuit to discredit and remove him from office. Attacking every nuance of him his Birth Place Religion Marital Status .A more decent Honest Integrity Dignified President we have not had in a Long Time .Racism Yeah it still exist

  98. Veronica Brant says:

    Grounds for termination?

  99. Clifton Richard says:

    This should come as no surprise from these unjust corrupt overseers.

  100. Khan Flo Mah says:

    "there would be no need to see which officers removed the antennas.." YEAH YEAH YEAH OK!!! MOVE OUT FROM BLACK AREA!!!! MOVE INTO WHITE AREA!!! BLACK PEOPLE…LEAVE THOSE AREAS!!! WHEREVER YOU SEE BLACKS IN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE FEW IF ANY WHITES?!?!?! DONT MOVE THERE..

  101. Estelle Clark says:

    But what is being done? This article make no mention of what the LAPD plans to do about this obvious infraction among its police officers. What they did was the crime of destruction / defacing public property.

  102. Daniel, that is pretty screwed up. It goes both ways… How about the "knockout game"? Whites get killed by blacks more than the other way around, and you are ashamed to be white? White guilt is not the way to go, my friend.

  103. Are you protesting or just commenting on facebook? While I don't actually go down there and walk back and forth with a sign, I do make phone calls and send emails to the local DA's and the state attorney general. Do you?Raymond Marshall is the only one of you looking at this fairly. From my perspective right now, it is YOU who is practicing the racism and choosing to ignore the fact that there actually ARE a lot of white people seriously pissed off about this and doing more than just commenting on facebook. You're not the only ones wrongly convicted and sent to prison because of a crooked police force and planted evidence. Do you think the attorney general gives a shit about you standing out there protesting? I know one thing, they can't just make the written complaints disappear and when there's enough of them they can no longer be ignored or else the DOJ gets involved. So, yes there are white people doing more than just crying racism, like you are. Try to remember, we get fucked by a crooked system too!!

  104. Are you protesting or just commenting on facebook? While I don't actually go down there and walk back and forth with a sign, I do make phone calls and send emails to the local DA's and the state attorney general. Do you?Raymond Marshall is the only one of you looking at this fairly. From my perspective right now, it is YOU who is practicing the racism and choosing to ignore the fact that there actually ARE a lot of white people seriously pissed off about this and doing more than just commenting on facebook. You're not the only ones wrongly convicted and sent to prison because of a crooked police force and planted evidence. Do you think the attorney general gives a shit about you standing out there protesting? I know one thing, they can't just make the written complaints disappear and when there's enough of them they can no longer be ignored or else the DOJ gets involved. So, yes there are white people doing more than just crying racism, like you are. Try to remember, we get fucked by a crooked system too!!

  105. Everyone needs to stop pointing fingers and, look at the real people behind this. 1st it is the mayor and police commissioner who are at fault .. There are more than just whites on LAPD there are blacks and, latinos as well. there are good an bad in all races but people seem to only see the bad in everything but, you are being racist too by condeming all police.. we on the east coast have our share also . But here you keep your cruiser with you 24/7 The few bad eggs are all people want to go by but you don't see good LEO deeds because that does not sell newspapers and get air time.. Trust me it upsets us good guys too but please stop thinking all LEO are bad or racist ..

  106. Drew Rehfeld says:

    it was probably the public who vandalized the cars.

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