LA chief admits involvement in buy of daughter's horse for equestrian unit

Board of Police Commissioners President Steve Soboroff said he did not believe the chief intentionally misled officials so his daughter could profit


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has acknowledged his involvement in the department's $6,000 purchase of a horse from his daughter.

After denying he took part in the transaction, Beck said Wednesday night that after reviewing paperwork he "realized" he did sign off on the deal.

Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times revealed the chief's signature.

The department bought George, a 10-year-old quarter horse, for its equestrian unit earlier this year from Beck's daughter, Officer Brandi Pearson.

Police commissioners said they approved the deal without knowing the horse was owned by Pearson.

In a joint statement with Beck, Board of Police Commissioners President Steve Soboroff said he did not believe the chief intentionally misled officials so his daughter could profit.

"After reviewing the information provided to date by the department, the inspector general and Chief Beck, I am comfortable that the chief was not involved in the selection, evaluation or purchase of the horse," Soboroff said.

In his own statement, Beck said, "I will continue to work with the commission to increase the department's transparency."

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