LAPD punishments for police shootings questioned by Garcetti, who orders review of past incidents

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti questioned on Thursday whether LAPD agents who shot people were punished sufficiently when the shots violated department policies, ordering a review of those cases dating back years.

Garcetti said that “very often” tough penalties backed by elected officials and police chiefs never materialize in such cases, as disciplinary committees hand down less severe penalties – sometimes leaving officers who officials want to shoot. on force.

Citing this and a report by the LAPD Inspector General last year that found that new all-civilian discipline committees were even more lenient towards wandering officers, Garcetti said he ordered the Inspector General to ‘re-assess the matter – this time by producing a public report that will describe the discipline received by officers who have broken policy in the shootings in recent years, as well as the results of any calls they have made to these sanctions.

At a year-end press conference on crime and the police in 2021 that covered an increase in homicides as well as police shootings, Garcetti said the review would provide “a better understanding” of the issue of whether the current disciplinary process is “fair” and “just” – and what reforms are needed.

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