Did AG Candidate Steve Cooley Let Bell Police Chief Off the Hook?
Our sister publication, LA Weekly is reporting that the Police Officers Association of Bell -- the small L.A. suburb that has become synonymous with costly government malfeasance -- is adamant that Adams, the town's former police chief, face the consequences for loading up his salary. The chief drew a salary of $457,000 -- but was not one of the eight city officials dramatically arrested and charged by L.A. County DA Steve Cooley. The Bell cops are claiming this because Cooley -- a candidate for state attorney general -- is a longtime pal of Adams. This, by the way, has not escaped the notice of Kamala Harris, San Francisco's DA and Cooley's Democratic opponent in the AG's race.
Cooley has declined to hand over the investigation of Adams over to another agency, saying he and the disgraced chief are not buds. "I've never been to his home," Cooley told the L.A. Times. "We do not socialize. It's a professional acquaintanceship."
Adams was previously sued for fraud, negligence, and waste of public funds by Attorney General Jerry Brown -- who is also running for higher office, incidentally, and stands to benefit from wringing the necks of the least popular public officials in the state. So it comes as something of a surprise that Cooley did not deign to charge the ex-chief.
In any event, Cooley may live to regret the above photo-op of him awarding Adams "The Presidents Award" in 2008. Expect Harris to disseminate it liberally.
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