LRPD's crime analyst supervisor makes false statements calling his and LRPD's credibility into question
|Jimmy F. Brooks, Jr. - LRPD's Crime Analyst Supervisor|
Russ Racop - December 14, 2020
Apparently LRPD's chief crime analyst is a liar.
In an email Brook sent to Laura Martin (LRPD's Communication and Community Relations Manager) in October, Brooks made some shocking statements.
✦ Gunfire is "regular background noise' in some areas of the city.
✦ Citizen's make false "shots fired" calls to get a quicker response from LRPD.
✦ The expensive ShotSpotter gunfire detection system is a fail.
Brooks' claims about the false calls to police about hearing gunshots to obtain a faster response time from LRPD caused us to send a Freedom of Information request to LRPD for records and data to back up his assertion.
No surprise to us, LRPD could not produce a single record or any data to substantiate Brooks statements in the October email exchange with Martin.
LRPD has policies about truthfulness for sworn and civilian personnel. They also have one about employee actions, on or off duty, that paint the department in a bad light.
Brooks' remarks about gunfire being "normal background noise" in some areas smacks of racism.
Brooks' untruthful statements call his and the LRPD's credibility into question.
Brook's needs to be demoted or fired.
Back in 2017 Brooks wrote a story about transparency in law enforcement. You can view it by clicking here.
In that article Brooks relates frustration he had when he was a reporter and had issues with transparency with LRPD. He also mentions "openness". Honesty and credibility are factors in "openness". It's also apparent that Brooks' lacks those.
What about the ShotSpotter fail? That will be discussed in another post.
Until then take a look at this video about ShotSpotter.