LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

  • LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

The investigation was sparked after three teen cadets led officers on two separate chases and crashed two stolen vehicles in South Los Angeles on June 15.

Of the seven arrested cadets, six were assigned to the 77th Street Division program and one was assigned to Pacific Division. On Tuesday, four more cadets were arrested in connection to "taking, operating and joyriding" of police vehicles, Beck said.

Allegations of sexual misconduct have turned into a full-blown scandal for the Oakland Police Department, located about 300 miles up the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cain was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to county booking records. Los Angeles police officials stand near a display board showing an image of officer Robert Cain as they listen to Police Chief Charlie Beck during a news conference Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Cain, a 10-year veteran with the LAPD, was never assigned to any of the department's youth programs, including the cadet program, Beck said.

In addition to the allegations of unlawful sex with the teenage cadet, Beck said Thursday that it appeared Cain knew of improper use of LAPD equipment by cadets from the department's 77th Street Division, as well as other stations. The 31-year-old officer is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female cadet.

"I will make sure that should someone again abuse one of your cadets, step outside the parameters of the program, cause the program to be questioned, that I will take strict and decisive action", Beck said.

When Beck learned of the alleged criminal conduct involving Cain, he said he made the decision to make the arrest himself.

On Friday, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander called for a thorough investigation of the cadet program. "The charges against this officer are deeply disturbing, and I have been assured he will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law".

Although the inspection is traditionally administered only to graduating cadets - or roughly 400 individuals in this class - Beck chose to execute a larger-scale inspection including as many as 1,000 former cadets as a show of his commitment to improved oversight after what he called a "difficult couple of weeks" for the embattled program.

The equipment, checked out under a vacationing officer's name, was then used by the seven cadets to pull over drivers and impersonate officers, Beck said. "There should be zero tolerance for any officer who takes advantage of those they are entrusted to protect". Thousands of young people, 13 to 20 years old, have participated over the years.

Beck is scheduled to speak to the entire cadet class at a graduation ceremony Saturday, and has repeatedly said he hopes the continually unfolding scandal does not tarnish the program as a whole. "I don't want the actions of these three individuals to reflect negatively on the other 2,300".