Mayor names former Rampart Division leader to head LAPD

Deputy Chief Charlie Beck was this morning nominated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to replace William Bratton as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Beck, a 33-year-department veteran, served as captain of the Rampart Division, which covers portions of Echo Park and Silver Lake, in 2003-2005, according to a press release. He was credited with helping carry out reforms at the division in the wake of the Rampart scandal, according to the LA Times.

If the City Council approves Beck’s nomination, he is expected to preside at a December graduation ceremony at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park for a new class of officers, which will include his son, Martin.

Related Links:
* Councilman Eric Garcetti statement on Beck. CD 13

* Charlie Beck interview. YouTube

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