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Officer's story of being shot was inconsistent from the beginning, Chief Beck says

Lausd_officer_shot LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said there were early questions about Los Angeles School Police Department officer Jeff Stenroos' claims that an assailant shot him outside El Camino Real High School last week.

"There were some inconsistencies that emerged early on," Beck said Friday. "It was just recently that we were able to get accurate information."

Police announced Thursday that Stenroos' story of being shot was concocted. Stenroos has been booked on a felony charge of filing a false police report and was released on $20,000 bail Friday morning.

Beck said officials are trying to sort out what actually happened. The officer's vest was hit by a bullet, but it's unclear if the shooting took place near the school. Beck would not say whether detectives thought it was an accident.

"The entire city was led down a path of misinformation," the chief said.

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon Cortines issued an apology, noting that the shooting case caused thousands of students to be under lockdown for hours.

"On behalf of the thousands of dedicated professionals that comprise the Los Angeles Unified School District, I would like to apologize to the public for the hoax that was perpetrated by a rogue officer of the Los Angeles School Police," Cortines said in a statement. "Thousands of people were inconvenienced by the actions of this one man. I want to again apologize to everyone who was alarmed, who worked long hours and who were adversely affected by his actions."

Cortines said the LAUSD has relieved Stenroos of duty and begun the process of firing him.

"Although Jeff Stenroos was an eight-year veteran of the Los Angeles School Police, his actions in no way reflect the professionalism and integrity of the men and women who protect and serve this District every day," he added.

Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said Stenroos was a "disgrace."

"The law enforcement community is disgusted," Weber said in a statement. "While Mr. Stenroos is a disgrace to the badge, his individual and dangerous actions should not reflect on the hard-working men and women in law enforcement."

Police had said Stenroos was shot in the chest Jan. 19 after he confronted a man who was attempting to break into vehicles near the eastern boundary of El Camino Real High School campus. Stenroos' bulletproof vest absorbed the impact of a single gunshot, which Los Angeles Police Department officials said could easily have killed the officer.

The incident sparked a massive police response that inconvenienced thousands of people for the day as officers blocked roads, locked down schools and refused to let people in or out of a 7-square-mile area.

Authorities arrested Stenroos after he allegedly admitted to fabricating the story, a senior LAPD official close to the investigation told The Times.

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Photo: The scene at Burbank Boulevard and Manton Avenue on Jan. 19, with El Camino Real High School in the background. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

 
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It wasn't Stenroos who inconvenienced thousands of people. Whoever was in charge (Beck, I'm looking at you) and authorized the lockdown of all those people, including students stuck for hours in classrooms with only a garbage can to use for a bathroom, based on some over-reactive assumptions. All those cops, and none could help clear paths to the restrooms in the schools? Or help get those kids to their parents in a timely manner? And what about all the other neighborhoods who suddenly didn't have any police protection? I don't think Stenroos was in charge of the decision-making process.

The same day, an officer was shot in South Central. Where was the 7-sq-mile lockdown for him?

"...under lockdown..."

Why such weary clichés? Why do your editors tolerate such tedious writing? This is a news report, not a Hollywood script.

there are going to be some very bitter and hateful comments to this story, which will be equally as sad as the officer's misdeed. Based on the information they had, the Los Angeles Police Department made the right call. To that extent, this revelation doesn't change a thing.

LAUSD can fire inept, dishonest police immediately, but not inept, dishonest teachers and administrators? Nice!!

What's fascinating is that there is little difference between the psychological profile of a criminal and that of a cop. What's been your personal experience with LA cops? I rest my case. Nerds who were picked on in school. But not any more, by god, not any more...

Magn this is disappointing I was a close friend of stenroos and he was my influence to become a cop

I don't get it. So what happened really? He shot himself?
What else to police officers lie about?

What about the Coast Guard guy who showed up on the seen to call it in?
How does he fit in?

Dozens and dozens of patrol cars were sent to search for a suspect in this incident. The community was outraged be the over reaction to this by law enforcement. Your complaints didn't fall on deaf ears fellow citizens. Yesterday only a couple of squad cars were sent out to search for suspects in the two attempted child abductions.

Sure, they were right on top of it... that $500,000 reflected a cautious approach to investigating this fraud. Yes, indeed.

STOP HOLDING BACK THE COMMENTS, REASON I DNT BUY THIS GARBAGE PAPER!!!!

Sure it was suspect from the beginning. That's why they only had 3000 instead of 5000 police there.

I wonder how much OT these guys will drink up this weekend!

The officer should be required to spend 5 hrs locked up with 35 teens that have no food, water or bathroom access.

Then the teachers should be able to throw spit wads at him "at will"..... while he wears no protective gear.


There are plenty of people behind bars, because of mouths with a badges fabricated stories. Not to mention the hundreds who should be behind bars but get to walk the streets cause they hide behind a badge and the establishment believes whatever they say.

They are all the same, L.A. School Police, L.A. Airport Police, L.A. Port Police, L.A. General Services Police. All door shakers with no real street experience. Let LAPD and/or L.A. Sheriff's take over these agencies to make them real cops. Can you believe that these guys get paid as much as the real cops? What a joke!!

"Led down a path of misinformation"...
not only here in this matter...but also will
occur in tampered with evidence from record
to affect the outcome...
misinform the people...misinform a jury...these
type of actions are a sham which affect millions
of people...
the misinformation here by that public employee
is a spotlight on deception that can affect all...
even a rigged set-up jury trial.

It is amazing how little you dolts know!

The lying cop was not from LAPD, he was a cop from the LAUSD.

They are different police departments, they wear different uniforms, drive different cars, have different badges, have different functions....

How dense are you if you can't understand that?

excellent points in these comments. Echoing some comments here, but first.. remember we had a school shooting the day before? now the suspect here who we now know was made up, was said to be in his 40's" so why close all the schools? one's that weren't even close? who wanted to get into those schools and why? test for a future event?
start asking questions, go way way outside the box.

"students stuck for hours in classrooms with only a garbage can to use for a bathroom" - why did the LA Times not report this initially? Absolutely Disgusting if it's true. Shame on you LA Times! LAUSD let us all know what you intend to do from preventing this in the future.

"On behalf of the thousands of dedicated professionals that comprise the Los Angeles Unified School District, I would like to apologize to the public for the hoax that was perpetrated" - Then change your policy of disgusting and disgraceful preferential treatment towards police vs. the ordinary citizen.
And do it for the sake of good cops.

"but when a kid is shot in South L.A. you're lucky to see one squad car drive by" - Your moment of truth LAPD, Sheriff is right here.

"there are going to be some very bitter and hateful comments to this story, which will be equally as sad as the officer's misdeed." equa?l really? perhaps you should rethink your view, I haven't seen any "very bitter and hateful.. equal to" so far. zero for 43 comments and counting. LMAO how does a comment shut down a part of the city and inconvenience thousands? Oops just 1 comment from a jackass calling people dense.

"What about the Coast Guard guy who showed up on the seen to call it in?"
- yeah what about this coast guard (department of homeland security) guy?

Former FBI Chief Ted Gunderson (Los Angeles) Says Chemtrail Death Dumps Must Be Stopped.

Chronic Bronchitis.

High Ranking USAF on Directed Energy Weapons..
"they can cause behavior modifying sensations"

certainly the mentally unstable would be affected first.
loughner, stenroos?
mind control is real folks..do your homework.

FAA Loses Track of 120000 Private Aircraft

I suggests you all get a "watchful eye" starting tomorrow.

LA Times why you hold back the comments today?
HUH?

here comes the plane overhead.

For those that say this shows that cops don't lie & cover up for each other...Umm no this doesn't....The story was sure to unravel itself regardless due to what seems to have triggered him to do this in the 1st place. LAPD would have only been dumb to keep this quiet bc the truth would've came out sooner or later, so this by no way proves cops don't lie & cover up for one another...this just shows a cop will lie and all cops will believe that lie & that is why there were 300+ cops out on the scene looking for an imaginary suspect, schools locked down for hours, kids not able to eat, & then nobody to assist the young teen boy who was actually shot in Bell at that same time b/c of this officer's lies & the fact he was evidently more important than the poor teen............

An officer can lie & everyone believes them just b/c they said it/wrote it & that is where the problem lies!

He shot himself by accident and got embarrassed. So he made up this stupid story that just got out of hand.

The bigger issue I see here is the need to reinvestigate any and all cases that this officer was involved in. If he lied about this who knows what else he has lied about. Who knows how many youths this officer has lied about in order to make himself look good. This is why I still don't trust police.

The bigger issue I see here is the need to reinvestigate any and all cases that this officer was involved in. If he lied about this who knows what else he has lied about. Who knows how many youths this officer has lied about in order to make himself look good. This is why I still don't trust police.

Everytime something like this happens, cops lying, the cop leadership always say, "This in noway reflects the average cop." Then, the following week, something else happens and the same statement is produced. Cops lie..period! All cops!

 
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