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  • Convicted cop hired as Maywood police chief

    Al Hutchings, formerly with the LAPD, got the job despite opposition from rank-and-file officers and the city's attorney.

    By Matt Lait, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    February 2, 2008

    A man who was convicted of theft and resigned from the Los Angeles Police Department was hired Friday night as the interim chief of the Maywood Police Department, an agency that has a reputation as a haven for misfit and criminal cops.

    Despite fierce opposition from some rank-and-file officers and the city's own attorney, Al Hutchings was selected for the position by the Maywood City Council in a 3-2 vote at a special meeting.

    Hutchings' unlikely ascension to the job comes amid ongoing investigations by state and local authorities into allegations of police corruption and brutality in Maywood.

    The move stunned many city residents who viewed his consideration as another setback for the troubled Police Department, which patrols a gritty square-mile city south of downtown Los Angeles.

    Last year, a Times investigation into Maywood found that at least a third of the officers on the force had either left other police jobs under a cloud or had brushes with the law while working for Maywood. Several officers in recent years left Maywood after being convicted of crimes.

    Hutchings was one officer who was hired at Maywood in 2006 despite a checkered past.

    Court records show that he had pleaded no contest to bilking the LAPD for bogus overtime pay while he was an officer. He has since received a court order expunging his record.

    In an interview, Hutchings said that all of the overtime he worked was approved by a supervisor but that he entered the plea so as to quickly dispose of the case, which he said was filed in retaliation for reporting misconduct against a high ranking-LAPD official. Hutchings was also fired from Los Angeles Valley College in 2005, where he worked as a professor and was terminated for acts of dishonesty.

    When Hutchings joined the Maywood Police Department, he said he found that many of his fellow officers were brutal, racist and corrupt. He cast himself as a whistle-blower, working to expose problems.

    Before his probationary year was finished, however, Hutchings was accused of misconduct of his own. Police and city officials said he agreed to resign from the Police Department after he was allegedly videotaped having an on-duty liaison with the female owner of a doughnut shop.

    Hutchings, 45, has said the allegation was fabricated "to blackmail me into stopping the work that I was doing." He said he voluntarily left the department last summer.

    In an interview hours before he was hired, Hutchings said Maywood Police Department was a dysfunctional agency with incompetent officers and that he hoped to "shut the place down and bring in the Sheriff's Department."

    He said he would donate his salary to the Catholic church and to people who had been victimized by Maywood officers.

    Hutchings replaces another interim chief who was convicted of beating his girlfriend and resigned from the El Monte Police Department before being hired at Maywood. That chief's conviction was overturned on appeal, and he was ultimately convicted of a lesser charge of making a verbal threat.

    Known among law enforcement circles as a department of "second chances," Maywood Police Department is one of nearly 50 independent police agencies in Los Angeles County. The department, whose officers are mainly white and Latino, serves a densely populated city of roughly 30,000 that is 96% Latino.

    Hutchings' return to the force, for a three-month period pending a search for a permanent chief, has outraged other Maywood officers.

    In a letter to city leaders, the president of the Maywood Police Officer Assn. said Hutchings had "displayed a total lack of integrity and honesty in his career as a police officer."

    Some city residents questioned why City Council members would take on an interim chief with baggage.

    Mayor Felipe Aguirre, prior to Friday's vote, said he supported Hutchings because he believed he was an honest man who would reform the department. "Nobody has the courage to clean this place up," he said. "We need to hire someone who can right this department."
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]


  • #2
    Hold on, I'll call and reserve the bleachers. Someone order the popcorn and drinks. Let's all sit back and enjoy this show, shall we?

    Turns out, I knew this guy, briefly. We attended sergeant's school together in 1996. Oddball then, and an oddball now. As I recall, he's a PhD and speaks fluent Russian (a real asset to work in Maywood). As for his fall at LAPD, he was always "being called in on an O/T basis" to translate in "big hush-hush Russian crimes." A little deeper digging found there were no call outs for his skills. He falsified overtime slips, as a sergeant, stealing cash from the City.

    So fired from LAPD for dishonesty, fired from a teaching job for dishonesty, and resigning from Maywood after being caught having relations with a woman....yeah, a top candidate, indeed. This should be very entertaining.
    Last edited by Kieth M.; 02-02-2008, 02:07 PM. Reason: More thoughts creeping inside my head!
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SgtCHP View Post
      he was allegedly videotaped having an on-duty liaison with the female owner of a doughnut shop.
      Talk about a doughnut muncher!

      ROTFLMAO!

      {smirk}

      (Sorry, it was just too easy)
      The U.S. Army AIRBORNE theory of Life, The Universe and Everything:

      -When in doubt; COUNTER-ATTACK!
      -When certain; STRIKE/HOLD!

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      • #4
        "Maywood Police Department, an agency that has a reputation as a haven for misfit and criminal cops."

        Well now- if he had started there he would have never been fired would he.
        a job match made well- and easy in hell.
        ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
        Oscar Wilde

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        • #5
          There will be more threads to come out of this one! This guy will be a source of media for while.
          "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything!"-Wyatt Earp

          "You never know when crazy will show up!"-Irishdep

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          • #6
            OMG, what is this world coming to? Police Officers are hooking up with donut shop owners, next thing you know somebody will hook up with a dispatcher.

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            • #7
              WHOA!!!!

              A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

              It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by d0406 View Post
                OMG, what is this world coming to? Police Officers are hooking up with donut shop owners, next thing you know somebody will hook up with a dispatcher.
                Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

                Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

                Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.

                Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

                Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.

                Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...

                Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.

                Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together--mass hysteria.
                Last edited by D.C. Hughes; 02-02-2008, 02:30 PM.
                The U.S. Army AIRBORNE theory of Life, The Universe and Everything:

                -When in doubt; COUNTER-ATTACK!
                -When certain; STRIKE/HOLD!

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                • #9
                  LOL,
                  We had one of the Rodney King officers apply at our department (the one who testified against the rest) needless to say he was not hired...he was however hired by our county as a court security officer. Seems he was from here originally and moved back...
                  "I am... reminded of something Cardinal Wolsey once told me. That I should only ever tell the king what he ought to do, not what he could do; for if the lion knows his own strength, no man could control him". Sir Thomas More

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                  • #10
                    I just don't understand how people with this kind of stuff in thier past can be put into such powerfull positions. We have a guy in Charlotte who's former Chief publicly said he wouldn't hire as a police officer possibly becoming our next Sheriff. It blows my mind because I know any applicant with stuff that serious wouldn't even get a second look.
                    “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
                    ― Henry Ford

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                    • #11
                      This is for real?

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                      • #12
                        Isent this the same city thats like 90% Hispanic and tried to have the Minutemen arrested for doing a protest rally in the city?

                        If so then im surprised that they hired a criminal as police chief. If they are willing to deny American citizens their basic right to peacefully assemble and pander to criminals and thugs then why would they give a hoot about hiring a criminal as police chief?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SgtCHP View Post
                          In an interview hours before he was hired, Hutchings said Maywood Police Department was a dysfunctional agency with incompetent officers and that he hoped to "shut the place down and bring in the Sheriff's Department."

                          He said he would donate his salary to the Catholic church and to people who had been victimized by Maywood officers.

                          Mayor Felipe Aguirre, prior to Friday's vote, said he supported Hutchings because he believed he was an honest man who would reform the department. "Nobody has the courage to clean this place up," he said. "We need to hire someone who can right this department."
                          Boiling it down to these three paragraphs. I think Hutchings's appointment is merely to steer this sinking ship downward, and then transfer Maywood to L.A. County control. If he thinks the LASD would take him in at the rank of captain as part of the deal, with his history, he's sadly mistaken, IMHO.

                          And if the residents of Maywood don't like their cops enforcing American laws in Maywood, they will like the LASD doing it, even less. Unless 'Lash' Leroy Baca will direct that deputies ignore the CVC operator licensing and vehicle registration requirements like Maywood does now.
                          Last edited by Kieth M.; 02-03-2008, 03:02 PM.
                          "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                          Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                          Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gloc_copper View Post
                            LOL,
                            We had one of the Rodney King officers apply at our department (the one who testified against the rest) needless to say he was not hired...he was however hired by our county as a court security officer. Seems he was from here originally and moved back...
                            Was that Briseño?

                            EDJ
                            "It's a game of cat and mouse. It's a game of hide and seek. Albeit games with deadly consequences. Like most games-the better you know the rules, the more likely you are to win."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ElDiabloJoe View Post
                              Was that Briseño?

                              EDJ
                              I'm betting Timothy Wynd(sp?)?
                              "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                              Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                              Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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