LAPD Chief Beck denies unfairly treating captain who sued city

By Bill Hetherman, City News Service |
Posted: 04/18/16, 2:24 PM PDT | Updated: 1 day ago

charlie beck lapd lawsuitLOS ANGELES — Chief Charlie Beck denied today that a Los Angeles police captain was treated unfairly because it took five years to promote him within his rank.

Beck also said the man’s lawsuit against the city played no role in ultimately granting him the advancement.

Testifying before a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, Beck repeatedly said that he tries to pick the right person for command staff jobs based on recommendations given him by those who report to him.

Asked by Assistant City Attorney Wayne Song if he was “throwing a bone” to Byford “Peter” Whittingham by granting him a promotion from captain 1 to captain 2 shortly after the plaintiff sued in April 2014, Beck replied, “No, I wouldn’t do that.”

Under cross-examination by Whittingham’s lawyer, Gregory W. Smith, Beck said some of his upper command members were concerned about promoting someone who was suing the city, but the chief said he could not remember who those individuals were. He also said he brushed aside such worries because it would be illegal to take a lawsuit into consideration when deciding whether to advance someone in the department.

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