(AUGUST 28, 2014) A group called “Relief for Workers” held an immigration march and town hall yesterday featuring LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. He spoke to a full house at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.
The event was publicized on the LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO website, which should tell you everything you need to know.
Predictably, Chief Beck paid homage to local union boss Maria Elena Durazo.
Beck knows which side his bread is buttered.
You may recall, just two weeks ago Durazo gushed over the Chief minutes before the Police Commission voted to give Beck a second term. Durazo had just declared that Beck “carries out the values of Cesar Chavez”, a quality that apparently overshadows all of the recent problems within the LAPD.
Durazo also admitted that her “progressive” labor/immigration coalition has “never had the level of trust, communication, coordination and collaboration as we do today with Chief Beck.”
If you think Durazo might have Beck on a short leash, just listen to the Chief’s speech from Wednesday night to remove all doubt. It reads like something written for Mayor Eric Garcetti.
(This is an edited version of Chief Beck’s remarks from “Relief for Workers” Townhall on August 27, 2014. Spanish translator has been edited out. The full, unedited version can be seen by clicking this link)
A few highlights from Chief Beck’s pandering speech:
"When the Los Angeles Police Department changed its impound policy, to be more generous to people without licenses, it was not about doing what was popular. It was not about doing what was easy. It was about doing what was right.”
"When the Los Angeles Police Department supported drivers’ licenses for the undocumented, it wasn’t about doing what was easy. It wasn’t about doing what was popular. It was about doing what was right.”
"And when we stopped honoring ICE detention requests in every instance, it was not about doing what was popular or easy. It was about doing what was right.”
"We have an obligation to make you safe, and enable you to live a life that is full and happy."
Other attendees included U.S. Representative Judy Chu, U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Councilmen Jose Huizar, Gil Cedillo and Curren Price, Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell and Steve Zimmer from the LAUSD Board of Education.
"Relief for Workers" is part of the "National Day Laborer Organizing Network" (NDLON), a leftwing organization currently holding its annual conference in Los Angeles.