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Stephen Downing & Beachcomber Pry Loose Previously Blocked Draft Report By Int'l Ass'n of Chiefs Of Police On LBPD Operations And Management



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(July 25, 2020, 8:15 a.m.) -- Tenacious reporting by journalist Stephen Downing, backed by the Beachcomber (which retained counsel to pursue a legal action that escalated to a subpoena), has resulted in a federal court lifting a protective order and induced the City of LB's to release a draft report that the City hired the International Association of Chiefs of Police to produce on LBPD management and operations.

Mr. Downing's initial summary highlighting portions of the report (previously marked "Highly Confidential, for Attorneys' Eyes Only") is in the Beachcomber and can be viewed viewed at this link. The Beachcomber has also made the full report available online at this link.

The IACP report is 124 pages long and rich in details. LBREPORT.com will have our analysis of its salient portions coming shortly.

For now, the document speaks for itself here.

LBREPORT.com congratulates and thanks Mr. Downing and the Beachcomber for independent work that made this possible.

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On July 24, Long Beach city management issued a statement on the document's release, in pertinent part:

[City management statement]...A copy of the draft report was recently subpoenaed from the IACP in connection with civil litigation not related to the study. The IACP and the requesting attorney agreed that the IACP would provide the draft report to that attorney under a protective order.The City received requests for the draft report, but the protective order prohibited the City from releasing it.In alignment with the Citys ongoing commitment to be fully transparent to requests to see the report, the City requested that the protective order concerning the IACP draft report be lifted so that it could be made available for both the City and the public.This will allow the City to share the draft report with our community, even though some of the information contained in the report is incomplete, some proposed recommendations have already been implemented, and the report was never finalized.

A total of $96,000 was authorized for the study, with 50% ($48,000) to be invoiced at the time work began, and the remaining 50% to be invoiced upon project completion and acceptance by the City. On February 14, 2018, a payment of $48,000 was made to IACP for the research conducted in the first half of the study. In December 2018, due to delays on part of the IACP,the contract authorizing the study was cancelled; and the draft report was never finalized, nor was it submitted to the LBPD.

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