“The message that this sends to people is what? A general manager can call and action is taken? No, the message is that anyone who calls me will get action. Now I will make sure the action is proper.” — LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on why he fixed a ticket for city Information Technology General Manager Randi Levin’s husband.
You got to hand it to Charlie Beck: The big shots whistle and Ticket Fixer Charlie jumps.
When Antonio Villaraigosa — reduced to being labeled LA’s “Latino” mayor, a label he hates most, to help Barack Obama get re-elected — tells Charlie to stop impounding cars of unlicensed and uninsured with unregistered cars, i.e. illegal immigrants, Charlie jumps.
So in a sick way, it makes sense that when city Information Technology Agency GM Randi Levin calls him on his private number to report her husband Maurice ran a red light and the cops impounded his car because his car wasn’t registered and he had no proof of insurance, Charlie did what he does best — he jumped.
Just like that LAPD Capt. Paul Snell got the car released from impound, got Maurice a ride to pick it up and had the city pick up the $325 towing and impound charge.
David Goldstein at CBS2 has the story with the video and a transcript.
Capt. Snell indicates ticket fixing by the Chief goes on all the time, a matter that ought to raise some concerns among Police Commission members who ought to make public a list of everybody who has gotten this service just to make sure it is only available to insiders and people with connections.
Put Jumpin’ Charlie to the test: If you get a ticket or your car gets impounded or you otherwise get into trouble with the cops, take him at his word and give him a call or drop by and chat. You’ll get action just like Randi Levin, won’t you?
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