[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]
Back in December, I wrote this column for Pajamas Media on the financial disclosure policy soon to be imposed on the Los Angeles Police Department. Briefly, officers assigned to gang and narcotics units will be required to disclose detailed financial records to LAPD auditors so as to comply with the federal consent decree under which the department now operates. Many of the affected officers have said they will accept reassignment to other duties rather than comply with the disclosure requirement. (I also addressed the issue here, and Patterico did so here.)
And so what? one might ask. Consider Wednesday’s shooting in South-Central Los Angeles. Gang members confronted each other on an MTA bus, and when they left the bus, one of them opened fire on his rivals, missing them but wounding eight others, including children walking home from a nearby school.
The suspect was arrested Thursday by two officers working the gang unit at the LAPD’s Newton Division, in whose jurisdiction the shooting occurred. The officers were well informed on both of the involved gangs, and they knew where and how to look for the suspect. They spotted him walking down the street and, when he tried to run, chased him down. Thus was a horrible crime solved within 24 hours thanks to the expertise and dedication of two police officers, both of whom, thanks to the consent decree, may soon be working other assignments.
If the financial disclosure policy results in the expected exodus of officers from LAPD gang units, arrests such as this one may soon be a thing of the past, and the streets of Los Angeles may be that much more dangerous.
But at least the LAPD will be in compliance with the consent decree.