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Charlie Beck's prolific pen: A look back at the LAPD chief's letters
Charlie Beck's prolific pen: A look back at the LAPD chief's letters

Since taking the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck has been one of the more prolific letter-writing chiefs. The Times has published five of his often lengthy letters since he became chief in 2009, and — as one would expect — nearly all of Beck's missives take issue with articles in the paper, especially editorials. But summing up Beck's letters as opposed to The Times would be an oversimplification (and, actually, wrong; memorably, the chief wrote to us some years ago to admit that "The Times was right and the Los Angeles Police Department was wrong"). With Beck seeking a second five-year term as head of the LAPD, I delved into our...

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