There will be no more playing around for this LAPD captain

Crime across much of the LAPD’s Northeast Division, which stretches from Echo Park and Silver Lake to Eagle Rock and Highland Park, tumbled in 2010, reports Capt. William Murphy in his most recent email newsletter. Unfortunately, Murphy also took a tumble last year when he busted his knee during an LAPD basketball game in December.  Murphy will return to work briefly later this month but will need knee surgery in February, which should put him out of commission until March, he writes in his most recent email newsletter.  Murphy describes the accident and the aftermath:

“I was playing basketball for the LAPD when I went up for a rebound, got fouled in mid-air, and came down awkwardly on my left leg. My knee buckled and I heard a loud “pop” and crumbled to the ground in pain. I knew instantly that I had destroyed the knee. I was taken to a hospital and an MRI later that week confirmed that I had a full tear of the ACL, tore the meniscus, and basically sprained all the other ligaments in the knee … On a side note, I have tendered my resignation to the basketball team and will stick to non-contact sports in the future. The worst part of this whole episode is listening to my wife tell me over and over again….I told you so…you should have given up basketball!”

Photo from LAPD website


  1. Perhaps the Captain would one day allow us the honor of his presence at a homeowners meeting in Mt. Washington. It would be a welcome sight as the color blue is rarely seen in this community…

  2. I love Murphy’s emails, and I hate that he is hurt. But his story did make me smile. Get better soon, Capt. Murphy!

  3. I love his emails, too…….and his terrific sense of humor!

  4. If you had ever seen Capt Murphy play basketball, you would understand why his wife suggested he “give it up”. Best of luck to the Captain in his recovery.

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