Los Angeles police chief gets second 5-year term

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has been reappointed to a second five-year term.

The Police Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of Beck's reappointment, with veteran commissioner Robert Saltzman casting the lone dissenting vote.

President Steve Soboroff praised Beck for falling crime numbers in the nation's second largest city, though he also noted the commission's inspector general will be investigating reports of crimes that were improperly classified and lowered some statistics on violent offenses.

Saltzman said he is concerned that Beck was not consistent and fair in his discipline process or appropriately transparent with the commissioners and the public.

He said the LAPD provides less information than it did under a federal consent decree issues in response to the Rampart corruption scandal involving abusive officers.

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