All-civilian discipline panels are more lenient with LAPD officers, report finds

Los Angeles Police Department officials said Tuesday that they will ask the City Council to reconsider a rule that allows officers accused of serious misconduct to have civilians decide their discipline — after a report found they routinely hand down lenient punishments.

The lighter discipline issued by all-civilian hearing panels undercuts Chief Michel Moore‘s ability to run the LAPD and to hold officers accountable when they are found to have committed major offenses such as lying, according to the report by the LAPD’s inspector general, Mark Smith.

The findings reflect an “imbalance of power” between Moore and the hearing panels that “significantly undermines the ability of the Department to police itself,” the report said.

“A system that allows for the outright and…

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