LAPD Police Beat – July 31, 2007


Los Angeles – In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles Police Commission elected Anthony Pacheco to the position of President, and John W. Mack to the position of Vice President. All five Police Commissioners, Anthony Pacheco, Alan Skobin, Shelley Freeman, John W. Mack, and Andrea Sheridan Ordin, were appointed to the Police Commission by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in July, 2005. John W. Mack held the President’s position for the last two years.

“I am honored to hold this position and look forward to continued service to the community,” stated Police Commission President Anthony Pacheco. “The last two years on the Police Commission have given me an in-depth understanding of the important issues facing the LAPD. I am eager to accept this leadership position and use it as an opportunity to address the issues that impact all residents of Los Angeles in one way or another – issues such as gang violence, community-police relations, Consent Decree compliance, and homelessness.”

“Along with my fellow Police Commissioners, we will continue to promote independent civilian oversight and reform of the Department,” continued President Pacheco. “I want to thank John Mack for his leadership and vision as the Commission’s past President.”

President Pacheco is a partner with the international law firm of Proskauer Rose. His practice is focused on litigation and quasi-litigation matters, including special investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, and trial practice. He is a Deputy Chair of his firm’s Corporate Defense and Investigation’s practice group. Proskauer Rose is a law firm with more than 700 lawyers that has nine offices in the United States, Paris and Sao Paulo.

For approximately five years, President Pacheco served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He participated in all aspects of federal criminal prosecution, including federal jury trials ranging from bribery of a U.S. Consular official in Belize, to hostage takeover bank robberies, to illegal trafficking in counterfeit access devices. President Pacheco was involved in the investigation and prosecution of investor and financial institution fraud, domestic and international money laundering, and narcotics crimes. President Pacheco represented the United States in international proceedings, including the extradition of fugitives from foreign states. President Pacheco graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in History, and from the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D.

Vice President Mack began his career with the Urban League in Flint, Michigan in 1964 and was appointed Executive Director in 1965. Prior to heading the Los Angeles Urban League, he served on the Urban League’s National staff for six months during the Whitney Young era in Washington, D.C. Mack was a leader in the 1960 student civil rights movement in Atlanta – and Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University. In 2006, Commissioner Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Management Degree from the Claremont Graduate University School of Education.

Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Urban League has become one of the most successful non-profit community organizations in Los Angeles with an annual budget of $25 million. The Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 individuals each year and operates a number of innovative, result-oriented job training, job placement, education, academic tutorial, youth achievement and business development programs serving African-Americans and other people of color utilizing state of the art computer technology preparing League constituents for the 21st Century. In 1997, United Way presented its Agency of the Year Award to the Los Angeles Urban League.



Notes from the July 31, 2007 Police Commission Weekly Meeting

•The Los Angeles Police Commission held its election of officers at this week’s meeting.  Commissioner Anthony Pacheco was elected President and Commissioner John Mack was elected Vice President.

•The Department mourns the losses of Detective III George M. Selleh of Mission Area, and Police Officer II David Rodriguez of North Hollywood Area.  Both officers passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 29, 2007, in two separate off-duty traffic accidents.

Chief Bratton learned of his own mother’s death on this same day and still made time to attend roll call at North Hollywood Area before leaving for Boston to be with his family.

•The Department thanked CHP for their professional handling of the traffic accidents that claimed two of our officers’ lives on Sunday, July 29, 2007.  Their smooth, efficient work and thoughtful participation at a time of high emotion defined partnership within the law enforcement family.  Commissioner Ordin requested a letter of commendation from the Commission to the CHP.

•The Department congratulated newly elected Commission President Pacheco and thanked former President Mack and former Vice President Skobin for their great work during their terms.

•Commission President Pacheco requested future agenda items on the matters of the in-car camera, private investigator licensing, and financial disclosure.

•Deputy Chief Charlie Beck presented Sergeant Adrian Moody and Officer John Biondo to the Commissioners at this week’s meeting.  Sgt. Moody and Ofcr. Biondo performed CPR on a young girl on Saturday, July 28, 2007, saving her life.

•The Executive Director introduced Senior Management Analyst II Stephanie Herron, newly appointed to Community Discrimination Unit.

•The Inspector General introduced new employees Senior Clerk Typist Vera Killpatrick and Special Investigator II John Kelly.

•Consent Agenda Item A, the Department’s reports relative to a monetary donation from Charles H. Smith, in the amount of $5,000.00 to Southwest Area to establish a Southwest Area Explorer Post at Crenshaw High School, was continued to August 14, 2007.  The Department was asked to address questions raised by the Commission.

•Regular Agenda Item A, the Department’s report relative to evaluating the feasibility and cost of using Senior Detention Officers for prisoner release at the Los Angeles County Courts, was continued to August 14, 2007.

•Regular Agenda Item B, the Department’s report relative to a status report on ASTRO radios and a request for funding to replace the Department’s hand-held radio inventory for the Fiscal Year 2008/2009 budget, was continued to August 14, 2007.

•Regular Agenda Item C, the Department’s report relative to approving a $667,000.00 grant award entitled, “Los Angeles County Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program,” was approved.

•Regular Agenda Item D, the Department’s report relative to the training and distribution of the X-26 TASER, was approved.

•Regular Agenda Item E, the Department’s report relative to awarding the Police Commission Unit Citation to various Police personnel, and awarding the Police Distinguished Service Medal to Police Officer Charles Mahaffey, Metropolitan Division, was approved.

•Regular Agenda Item F, the Department’s report relative to awarding the Medal of Valor to the following Police Officers: Carlos Quintero, Ivan Vintamilla, Thomas Appleby, Isaac Moreno, Humberto Franco, Jesus Parra, and Jesse Cardenas, was approved.

•Regular Agenda Item G, the Department’s report and the Inspector General’s report, relative to the Discipline Report, First Quarter 2007, in accordance with Paragraph 88 of the Consent Decree, was approved.

•Regular Agenda Item H, the Department’s reports relative to the 77th Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit, was approved.


Van Nuys Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Los Angeles: A San Fernando Valley man was arrested Thursday evening for possession of child pornography.

On July 26, 2007, at around 8:15 p.m., detectives arrested Kenneth Chernow, 36, of Van Nuys, at a Best Buy in Burbank when he arrived to pick up a computer he had dropped off for service.

A Best Buy computer technician had been working on the hard drive when he discovered various videos of child pornography.  A search warrant was obtained to complete a forensic analysis.  The Computer Crimes Unit conducted a preliminary analysis and confirmed the presence of several images of child pornography on the computer.

The police conducted a follow up in Chernow’s home in the 13500 block of Hart Street where they served an additional search warrant for evidence.  Detectives located and recoverd additional evidence of child pornography at the residence.

Detectives said that Chernow was downloading pornographic images and videos of juveniles to his home computer.  There have been no victims identified at this time.

Chernow posted $20,000 bail and was released.  He remains free on bail pending the final forensic analysis and resulting charges to be filed by the District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Carlos Monterroso, Juvenile Division, at 213-485-4220.  On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).