- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The union representing the Los Angeles Police Department’s rank and file says it will file a federal lawsuit against the LAPD and Chief Charlie Beck over what it says is Beck’s “corrupting influence” on the discipline process for officers.

The Police Protective League said in a statement Thursday that the suit will challenge the structure of the LAPD Board of Rights, a three-person panel charged with deciding discipline cases for officers facing long-term suspension or termination.

The statement claims two senior officers on the board are beholden to the chief and are unduly influenced by him. The third board member is a civilian.

Beck has not commented on the pending suit.

Union officials plan a late-morning press conference to discuss the filing.

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