By the summer of 2014, Charlie Beck should have been cakewalking on the road to being rehired for a second term as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). But it didn't turn out that way.
Instead, his reputation as a straight-shooting, stand-up guy with a sharp instinct for getting the right things done in the right way took a big hit—about which more shortly.
But for most of his first five years as chief, that reputation had been his calling card, best illustrated in 2011, at the height of the Occupy protest movement. While . . .
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