New Interim Police Superintendent Fires Back at Black Lives Matter Accusations

Jim Gudas
November 09, 2019 - 4:49 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The man picked to be the interim Chicago Police Superintendent is reacting to warning from one group about how he’s dealt with African-Americans.

Black Lives Matter issued a warning to Chicago’s African-American community, accusing former-Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck of having a poor relationship with LA's African Americans and not being the police reformer he claims to be.

While visiting the 7th Police District in West Englewood, Beck responded to the accusation, calling it "disinformation." Beck said African-American leaders in LA supported him and his efforts to reform the LAPD.

"You have to talk to the entirety of the community and not just a few loud voices that use disinformation to discredit me or the Los Angeles Police Department," Beck said

Beck also downplayed claims that he’s an outsider. He points out the LAPD and Chicago Police have worked together for years, including a project that outgoing Superintendent Eddie Johnson credits for a big drop in violence in Chicago.

Johnson, who visited the 7th district with Beck and Mayor Lightfoot, said Beck was a big help to Chicago Police long before he was picked to be interim top cop.

Beck admitted the details of the transition have to be worked out among the mayor, Johnson and himself. He said it will be a smooth and gradual transition and Johnson and Beck will have overlapping authority.

"The transition will be seamless," he said.

Beck also said Johnson has promised to be available to Beck for advice and consultation after Johnson retires.