I was doing some research the other night and found out Los Angeles Police Chief Beck was assigned to the C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit of the LAPD, which was the elite but highly controversial police unit involved in the rampart scandals of Los Angeles in the 90's.
The Rampart Scandal refers to widespread corruption in the C.R.A.S.H. anti-gang unit of the LAPD Rampart Division in the late 1990s. More than 70 police officers in the CRASH unit were implicated in misconduct, making it one of the most widespread cases of documented police misconduct in United States history. The convicted offenses include unprovoked shootings, unprovoked beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury, and covering up evidence of these activities.
Although Officer Beck was not one of the 70 officers implicated in misconduct, I believe he must have harbored some awareness of the wrong doings going on within this elite group of officers, who became known as the most bad-ass street gang in America, during their reign.
After Tuesday nights raid of the Occupy L.A. encampment, I myself felt I was up against a gang. That's why I was surprised to come across this information about Officer Beck's involvement with the most notorious street-gang in America (members of this elite squad have also been implicated in the murder of Notorious B.I.G.).
I thought this information was important to share because it tells me that Officer Beck has no problem turning a blind eye to abuses perpetrated by those in a position of power. While he may not be the one directly committing the abuses with his own two hands, it seems he may be closely involved with people that are committing such abuses, but not speak up or even worse, assist them in committing these abuses to a certain extent. There is even the possibility he helped cover up some of these crimes.
I feel Chief Beck is playing the same role with Occupy Wall Street as he did with C.R.A.S.H. He himself is not committing abuses with his own two hands, and he is not responsible for creating the orders the police are carrying out. However, he is still a part of and acting in accordance with illegal behavior of those in a position of power to keep the oppressed in their current state.
I will be writing more about this.