Which — remember– it took the LASO to do something about.
Summer’s almost over. So what ever happened to BPD monitor Michael Gennaco’s big public conversation into why our Burbank police chief not only refused to discipline one of his imported cronies for those bigoted emails, he then additionally conspired with the CA and CM to keep it all secret — even from the city council.
That means Gabel-Luddy too, who only had this to say at last month’s police commission meeting that was supposed to be specifically about this derogatory email topic, but curiously was not.
Instead, they completely changed the subject to how good things are. Rah rah!
Burbank police leaders were praised this month for implementing a series of reforms in recent years that one City Council member said averted the Burbank Police Department from federal oversight.
During a series of presentations during a recent joint meeting of the Burbank City Council and Police Commission, police officials pointed to several achievements reached since Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse took the helm six years ago, including a more detailed internal review of uses of force, a more accessible complaint procedure for the public and increased diversity on the police force.
“It’s clear to me that we avoided a consent decree six years ago,” said Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy, referring to a time when the agency was reeling from allegations of police brutality as well as racism and sexual harassment within its ranks…
Which Gennaco was brought in to waylay in the future.
The joint meeting was put on the books after a police commissioner sought the authority to investigate an email scandal involving the agency’s former deputy chief Tom Angel, who forwarded emails from his work account in 2012 and 2013 that mocked Muslims, Latinos and others.
The Burbank Police Officers’ Assn. board of directors criticized the agency’s response to the discovery of the emails, raising concerns that Angel’s emails weren’t properly investigated, as the offenses apparently were not reported to the management services director, nor to Gennaco.
At the meeting, the emails were only briefly mentioned, with LaChasse noting that a lieutenant recently met with representatives of the Burbank Islamic Center.
Gennaco’s team, which is expected to deliver an annual audit of the department in the coming weeks, is reviewing the incident.
Nothing’s changed in this town. But for their $12 million+ legal expenses and the get out of jail free card that it bought them in the end, Burbank would now indeed be under a federal consent decree. Everyone and their brother became so at cross-purposes to each other that no one could figure out what was going on. It was deliberate obfuscation at the hands of the attorneys.
And, but for the Sheriff’s Department finding out about Tom Angel’s racist Burbank emails — and then actually doing something about it — none of us in Burbank would have known a thing.
Again, where’s Gennaco?