Police Commission to Vote on Second Term for LAPD Chief

Los Angeles police commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to reappoint police Chief Charlie Beck for a second five-year term.

Beck submitted a letter to the Police Commission in May officially  seeking a second term. He was required to submit an application to the  commission 180 days before the end of his first term, which is Nov. 17.

The commission has until Aug. 19 to decide if they want to keep Beck as  chief. Community meetings were held as part of Beck's reappointment process.

In the months after putting in his request for a second term, Beck has  found himself targeted in allegations -- some raised by a political blogger --  suggesting he may have intervened in a disciplinary case involving an officer  who was accused of having improper relationships with the chief's daughter,  LAPD Officer Brandi Pearson.

Another allegation raised questions about the department's $6,000  purchase of a horse that Pearson owned for use by the department's equestrian  unit. Officials said the sum was substantially below the going rate.

Department officials have denied any wrongdoing in either case, saying  Beck recuses himself from any involvement in matters involving his daughter or  son, who is also an LAPD officer.

Beck later acknowledged signing correspondence related to the  department's purchase of the horse, saying his previous comments that he had no  involvement was "mistaken."

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