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Opinion: Chief Beck’s and Chief Sanchez’s Tunnel Vision

first_img 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment More Cool Stuff LAPD Chief Charles Beck and Pasadena PD Chief Phillip Sanchez both recently viewed police use of force incidents through tunnel vision – Chief Beck in the shooting of Ezell Ford and Chief Sanchez in the shooting of Kendrec McDade. Both Chiefs narrowly focused only on the moment of shooting – tunnel vision that would exonerate officers from discipline by determining that the Officers had reasonable safety concerns at the time they fired their guns. Both Chiefs ignored the tactical mistakes and policy violations of the shooting Officers that put them in positions where they may have reasonably feared for their safety. But Chief Beck’s determination did not stop an LAPD Officer from being disciplined, while Chief Sanchez’ determination resulted in no discipline for the Officers who killed Kendrec McDade. Why did Chief Sanchez’ tunnel vision result in no discipline while Chief Beck’s tunnel vision did not prevent discipline?The discipline-differential cannot be explained by the seriousness of the Officers’ conductBecause the Officers’ pre-shooting conduct in the McDade case was worse than in the Ford case, the seriousness of the Officers’ conduct does not explain the discipline-differential – rather, the seriousness of the pre-shooting conduct would dictate that the Pasadena Officers who shot McDade are the ones most clearly warranting discipline. The Office of Independent Review Group (“OIR”) Report on the McDade shooting sets out an egregious series of at least 10 avoidable tactical mistakes – some of which were policy violations — that put the Pasadena Officers in a position where they may have reasonably feared for their safety. Those tactical mistakes or policy violations during the chase included not turning on lights, siren, and video camera, not radioing in observations, not communicating, plans to each other, pursuing McDade into an unsafe throughway, driving with a gun in one hand, failing to reevaluate after crashing the patrol car, not reporting the collision, attempting to apprehend rather than contain, using an unauthorized and inappropriate box-in/cut-off maneuver, and stopping the patrol car too close to a suspect purportedly believed to be armed. The out-of-policy offense in the Ford case was detaining the suspect without probable cause. The McDade pre-shooting mistakes were clearly more serious.The discipline-differential cannot be explained by the seriousness of the Officers’ conductThe difference between the Pasadena and LA outcomes is not because outside reviewers in the Ford shooting were more critical than in the McDade shooting. The LA Inspector General (“IG”) disagreed with Chief Beck’s conclusion because the IG did not look at the Ford shooting through tunnel vision; unlike Chief Beck, it faulted one of the Officers’ pre-shooting conduct as outside policy and, unlike Chief Beck, recommended discipline for that Officer. The OIR reviewed the McDade shooting and informed the Pasadena PD of all the pre-shooting tactical and policy violations. The OIR group’s scathing report recommended that the Pasadena PD reinterview the involved Officers and at least 2 witnesses; its report recommends at least 23 questions that should have been asked by the Pasadena PD (there are probably more such questions in the redacted portion of the OIR Report). A substantial portion of the OIR Report criticized the PD’s tunnel vision, but its criticisms were ineffective in leading to any discipline.The discipline-differential is explained by an effective IG in LA versus Pasadena’s systemic weaknessThe LA IG’s recommendations were effective in causing appropriate discipline. The LA IG is an independent body that reports to an independent Police Commission. The Police Commission chose the IG’s recommendation for discipline rather than Chief Beck’s tunnel-vision recommendation. Chief Sanchez and City Manager Michael Beck, decisionmakers who were also operationally responsible for the Department and therefore conflicted, chose to decide based on their tunnel vision and to ignore the pre-shooting misconduct that warranted discipline. Pasadena hired independent reviewers who did a superb job, but because they reported to the City Manager and the Police Chief — the foxes guarding the chicken house –, the excellence of their independent review did not matter. The Independent Police Auditor (“IPA”) proposed by the coalition of Pasadena organizations supporting increased oversight would correct Pasadena’s systemic weakness by having an IPA perform the same thorough review functions that the OIR Group performed but (1) independently of the police line of operational authority, (2) systematically rather than ad-hoc, (3) beginning at the time of a shooting rather than later, (4) critiquing in real time rather than months or years later, and (5) with more ability to make its recommendations effective. An IPA would correct Pasadena’s systemic weakness and make independent review effective as in LA.Tunnel vision creates liability risksPasadena PD’s tunnel vision served the City’s immediate purpose of whitewashing the shooting Officers’ misconduct in order to protect its narrative in McDade’s mothers wrongful death lawsuit that the shooting was a good shooting that did not warrant discipline, counseling or training. But by refusing to acknowledge and remediate the problems that the OIR Group was pressing, the City has been disserved in the long run by conduct that covers up the problems rather than honestly facing them. Peace officers have a duty to act reasonably when using deadly force. The reasonableness of an officer’s conduct is determined in light of the “totality of circumstances” surrounding the use of deadly force. The 2013 California Supreme Court decision Hayes v. County of San Diego ruled that “preshooting conduct” is included in the totality of circumstances surrounding an officer’s use of deadly force, and therefore the officer’s duty to act reasonably when using deadly force extends to preshooting conduct and negligence liability can arise from tactical conduct and decisions employed by law enforcement preceding the use of deadly force. The fruit of the City’s strategy to delay, deny, and deceive on the McDade shooting will be new exposure in the future unless real reforms take place. Putting an IPA in place should be the first step on the road to reform.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who represent Kendrec McDade’s mother and Pasadena police oversight organizations and activists in the Public Records lawsuit that obtained the maximum legally-permissible release of the full OIR Report. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Correction by authorsOur Op-Ed on Tunnel Vision by Chief Beck and Chief Sanchez incorrectly stated that an Officer involved in the Ezell Ford shooting had been disciplined. It is correct that the LAPD Inspector General, by focusing on the events leading up to the shooting, concluded that the Officer’s conduct was outside of policy and that the LA Police Commission adopted that conclusion as its determination. But disciplinary decisions are made by Chief Beck, not the Commission, and Chief Beck has not publicly indicated whether he will act on the Commission’s determination or his own initial determination. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Business News Community News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Atmospheric river brings record rain, snow to California

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The West Coast is feeling the effects of an atmospheric river, dumping record rain and snow from San Diego to San Francisco and Seattle.The top rainfall on Wednesday was 9.04 inches in Venado, California, north of Santa Rosa, while San Francisco set a daily record with 2.5 inches.Redding, California, received the most snow in the city in 31 years — 10 to 14 inches. The Snoqualmie Pass, east of Seattle, received 27 inches of snow.A huge plume of moisture aimed at California, called an atmospheric river, will continue to bring heavy rain and snow to Southern California on Thursday.Heavy snow is expected in the mountains, while flash flooding is possible Thursday morning and afternoon from San Diego to Los Angeles.The tropical moisture will spill into Arizona, where flash flooding is possible just north of Phoenix and into Tucson, by Thursday afternoon.Heavy rain will fall in Las Vegas as well, but significant flooding is unlikely. Heavy snow will fall in the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Meanwhile, a new storm system will move into the Pacific Northwest and bring more rain and snow to the area.By Friday, the atmospheric river will take a break and a new storm system from the north will bring more rain and snow for California and most of the West Coast.The unsettled weather will continue into the weekend for the West Coast and into the Rockies. Along the coast, an additional 4 inches of rain is possible locally, with several feet of snow falling from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Rockies.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Exploring innovation in payments at #boscon2017

first_img Betting on Sports to deliver biggest ever exhibition space June 14, 2019 Related Articles The booming business opportunity for online gambling merchants October 17, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Share Preparing for Remote Gaming Duty increase: Should operators be looking beyond the UK? June 25, 2018 Share At this week’s Betting on Sports conference, eMerchantPay will be launching a new payment efficiency programme that allows online gaming operators to assess areas of their payment infrastructure to realise efficiencies.Speaking to SBC News ahead of the event, which takes place at London’s Olympia from September 12-15, Chris Smart, vice president of gaming and FX Markets for eMerchantPay, said it is now more important than ever for operators to ensure they get the results they need from their payment operations.“The ever-existing challenge for any payment operator is to make sure they have the right payment methods with the right payment processes to enable the best possible customer journey, with the maximum possible success rate of converting a transaction,” Smart said.“As gambling operators grow and we see more consolidation and acquisitions, the payment infrastructure within gambling organisations starts to become quite complex, with multiple providers operating on the multiple platforms.”He added: “It is vital for operators to re-examine their customer journey and ensure their customers get the best possible experience with their payment method of choice.”Smart, who will be speaking at the Innovations in Payments session at #boscon2017, said eMerchantPay has successfully repositioned itself within the gambling vertical during 2017.“We have seen the fulfilment of some recent product enhancements internally, which have allowed us to realign our product offering and define our positioning in the market,” he said.“We will be launching our payment efficiency programme at the show next week, enabling both new and existing customers to re-evaluate their current payment infrastructure to identify areas which can be improved, not only to increase efficiencies but to also realise cost saving and revenue opportunities.”last_img read more

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