LAPD Chief Denies Favoritism in Reversing Firing of Problem Cop Who Came From a Family of Cops

pin the ________ on the _______LAcity.orgCharlie Beck, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), overturned the decision of a disciplinary board to fire Officer Shaun Hillman, who was involved in a drunken fight at a bar. During the fight he pulled out his firearm and used racial slurs. Hillman reportedly admitted to the facts of the altercation to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department but wasn’t charged with a crime. He then reportedly denied involvement in the fight to internal investigators of the LAPD and was recommended to be fired for lack of integrity.

But Beck sees it differently, claiming that eight different (internal) charges were brought up against Hillman but only three were sustained. Otherwise, Beck says, he would’ve fired Hillman before he was sent before the board. Beck insisted he couldn’t make his decision driven by public opinion, nor "just because of a person’s position, or just because of who they’re related to, or any other reason." CBS Los Angeles explains:

Officer Hillman’s father was an LAPD officer, while his uncle, Michael Hillman, was a popular and well-known deputy chief, who ascended through the ranks alongside Chief Beck.

Beck, however, insists that favoritism had played no part in his decision on the matter.

"Favoritism had nothing to do with my decision on this," Chief Beck said. "I made decisions on this based on the facts, I can’t discuss what those particulars are. You all know that. That’s state law… ."

Beck said there was a "consistent standard" that he’s set that was met in this case. But don’t expect it to be the same standard you’d meet if you got into a drunken fight and pulled a firearm, especially in California.

h/t Grand Moff Serious Man

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  • R C Dean||

    So he admitted committing at least one felony, with a hate crime modifier, then lied to the IA investigators about it. If IA isn't putting people under oath in their investigations, that's another problem, but assuming they are, you can add perfury to the charge sheet.

    And he walks - no criminal charges.

    And keeps his job. Naturally, he will get back pay.

  • Paul.||

    I believe these are the things that can be literally wiped off a cop's record in say, six months, maybe a year due to a Union contract point.

  • LiveFreeOrDiet||

    That's why they call it the Thin Blue Slime.

  • R C Dean||

    "Thin"?

  • Sunmonocle Backwards Tophat||

    He was pulled over right after the altercation and told the deputy he was drunk, but refused tests. So add DUI to that.

  • widget||

    His wife had been dancing with the man and suddenly pushed him away. She told her husband that the man had groped her breasts. Hillman then got into a shoving match with the man before a bouncer and the bar’s manager evicted him from the bar. During the scuffle Hillman used a racial slur which was subsequently reported to LAPD.

    http://www.pacovilla.com/fire-.....cial-slur/

    Hearsay. But who's on top in adding a hate crime modifier to this case?

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Hillman reportedly admitted to the facts of the altercation to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department but wasn’t charged with a crime."

    They call that "professional courtesy".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.....nforcement

  • Paul.||

    He then reportedly denied involvement in the fight to internal investigators of the LAPD and was recommended to be fired for lack of integrity.

    There's your problem, this is exactly the kind of officer that's sought after. If he'd have had integrity, he'd already be gone.

  • Agammamon||

    If he'd had integrity, he'd have never gotten in the fight in the first place.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But don’t expect it to be the same standard you’d meet if you got into a drunken fight and pulled a firearm, especially in California.

    The two-tiered standards will be enforced consistently within each tier.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    h/t Grand Moff Serious Man

    So is this like an EEO h/t? Since we gave one to an Aussie?

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    h/t Grand Moff Serious Man

    Someone is trying to impress a certain someone.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    I hope that someone notices.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    I just noticed it right now. I'm stuck in Irvine until 5:30 or so since I have no desire to sit in my car for an hour on the 405.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    pin the DILDO on the ASSHOLE

    pin the FLY on the SHITSTAIN

    pin the BULLET on the SKULL


    Mad Libs are fun!

  • R C Dean||

    Pin the paycheck on the thug?

  • Agammamon||

    Shouldn't he be *more* likely to fire the son of an officer? I mean, the kid should have been *brought up* knowing the high standards the LAPD expects out of its officers. Right?

  • ULOST||

    Right! Treat them like a King but don't get caught. Sending a "legacy" packing undermines the honor among thieves tenet and creates greater insecurity.

  • John C. Randolph||

    During the fight he pulled out his firearm and used racial slurs.

    That's just SOP for the LAPD, isn't it?

    -jcr

  • widget||

    There *was* something called bar culture. Yes, there was a certain way you had to comport yourself upon entering a bar and ordering a drink. In this context, bartenders and bar owners were well aware of a nuisance when they first saw him come through the door. There was a certain way you'd have to behave after getting the first drink to be served another.

    But for a few old movies, me, and others over 50, this is probably down the memory hole now. Bartenders wouldn't serve this cop and his wife to begin with, unless it was already a cop goto bar.

    You want to drink alcohol, if you chose, among your own.

  • widget||

    ^do so

    You put that somewhere.

  • DenverJay||

    How rude. You put it somewhere!

  • DenverJay||

    Man , I was starting to (re)learn some basic html commenting on this site, and now Reasonable is making me lazy(ier).
    Mad Props

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