Internal LAPD Email Raises Questions About Motivation Behind Arrests
An internal email from a commander at LAPD headquarters raises serious questions about the motivation behind certain arrests.
Is it possible the LAPD is policing for the cameras to "avoid negative coverage?" And if so, what does that mean about the integrity of the top command?
NBC4 obtained an internal email (full text below), not meant for the media, after requesting statistics on how many arrests have been made for illegal animal trafficking in Los Angeles’ Fashion District.
"One arrest has been made for illegal animal sales" this year and "none…for the purchase of animals," Officer Tracy Fisher wrote in an email to NBC4, answering the request.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who heads LAPD’s media relations department, apparently hit “reply all” when he sent the following message to Fish and the Get Garcia Team:
"This story could be a black eye for us if we dont have a few arrests to show. The law has been on the books for months now, and the "rabbit people" are gonna scream that we dont care. Is there any way you or your crew could make a few arrests for illegal animal purchasing so we can avoid negative coverage?
Turning that single arrest into POSITIVE coverage is simply a matter or bragging about how effective the law has been -- there haven't been more arrests because the animal traffickers have all been scared away!