Chief admits involvement in LAPD horse deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has acknowledged his involvement in the department's $6,000 purchase of a horse from his daughter.

After denying he took part in the transaction, Beck said Wednesday night that after reviewing paperwork he "realized" he did sign off on the deal.

Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1qYtY2Q ) revealed the chief's signature.

The department purchased George, a 10-year-old quarter horse, for its equestrian unit earlier this year from Beck's daughter, Officer Brandi Pearson.

Police commissioners said they approved the deal without knowing the horse was owned by Pearson.

In a joint statement with Beck, Board of Police Commissioners President Steve Soboroff said he did not believe the chief intentionally misled officials so his daughter could profit.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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