Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

LAPD's Beck bets a patrol shift on outcome of Lakers-Celtics series

Los Angeles' top cop is putting his Laker pride on the thin blue line.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a faithful fan of the purple and yellow, announced Wednesday evening the terms of a wager he's made with his Boston equivalent on the outcome of the NBA championship series.

If the Boston Celtics defeat the Lakers in the best-of-seven series, Beck will travel east to work a patrol shift wearing his LAPD uniform alongside some of Boston's bravest.

If the Lakers prevail, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis will come to L.A. and suffer the same humiliation.

“I’m not sure where I would have Commissioner Davis work, maybe Hollywood,” Beck needled in a statement.

Neither would have any legal jurisdiction to make arrests on the other's streets.

Beck and Davis agreed to use personal vacation time to settle the bet. And, as is customary in such bets, each promised to treat the other to some of his city's best food -- after the loser had worked his shift, of course.

-- Joel Rubin

Comments () | Archives (7)

Go Lakers !!!!

You call this news, but I call it just a waste of time and space.

Get a job Jose instead of wasting time and space such as the air I breathe. Thanks.

hey beck! i live in arizona. i bet you 1 million illegal aliens that the celtics will win. what's your response? well, i'll send them to la anyway.


So now we know how to get Chief Beck in uniform in Boston.

The question of urgency to the residents living and working within his department's service area is:

What needs to happen to get Chief Beck to wear his uniform in Los Angeles?

Because that is very important to us.

How does Chief Beck expect to instill discipline and maintain standards for
10,000 officers if he can't even wear uniform to his own official
press events.

Did we ever see Chief Gates, or Chief Parks or Chief Bratton
on duty out of uniform?

Chief Beck is a joke.

He claims that results measured by raw numbers will not be made
secondary to maintaining the standard of process under his leadership
of the department.

If Beck is incapable of maintaining his own standard, then certainly
the men and women sworn under oath serving this city will
begin to lose respect for his command.

Why didn't he tell us during the selection process that he wanted to be
in charge of the LAPD because he loves to wear coat and tails
to ballroom functions and have socialites curtsey and greet him by title?

Why didn't he tell us that he will promote based on adeptness at flattery?

Why didn't he tell us that he has a weakness for spending too much time
standing in front of a mirror?

Why would Bratton push this creampuff Beck off on the City of Los Angeles
to succeed him as Chief?

Perhaps Bratton knows that his own legend will only grow greater over time
when viewed in contrast to the decay associated with Beck's
(lack of) command.

It is time for the Police Commission to inform Chief Beck that he has no
right to wager his uniform to Boston until he proves his respect for
wearing it right here in L.A.

If necessary, we can ask Shaq O'Neil to come in for a day and demonstrate
to Chief Beck how to lose the hairpiece and step out of a patrol
car in uniform PROPER!



Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: