Megan Elizabeth Hadsell, 19, daughter of Baldwin Park Chief of Police, and Chase Gross, a 23 year old Upland resident were caught with the possession of narcotics inside a car parked outside of Motel 6. The Chino Police arrested the two on October 15, 2013. Charges were filed at San Bernadino Court House on October 22, 2013.
The Chino Police Department stated that Megan's charges are still being investigated. Megan's been charged with Health and Safety Code Section 11350(a), which is the usual violation for having cocaine, crack, heroin, or hallucinogens.
Another guest of this Motel 6 criticized that the "place was always full of people. . . Trucks and cars were coming and going from the parking lot all night long. People were hanging out just outside their rooms using cell phones."
Baldwin Park has an epidemic problem with substance abuse. Drug related arrests are the most common arrests in Los Angeles County, where Baldwin Park is located. These type of arrests have soared since 2007.
It is a well known fact that Captain Taylor suspected that Council Member Marlen Garcia would promote Chief Hadsell. He asked Hadsell, out of respect, to notify him if this would take place. Instead, Marlen Garcia, Singhal, and Hadsell waited for the ideal moment. The Captain gave notice of his holidays to Japan. When he was away, Garcia and Singhal appointed Hadsell to Chief.
According to ex-members of the management team, the implicit rules foster corruption. The number one rule is that one must never question Marlen Garcia or Vijay Singhal, even if their decisions promote illegality or waste. The second rule is that one must carry out all orders of Marlen Garcia and Vijay Singhal. The third rule is that one must be an under-performer because merit exposes the unfitness of the public administrators already in place. The fourth rule is that family and friends come first.
Sgt. Harvey has been a sergeant for two years, even though the average time one must spend as a sergeant before becoming a lieutenant is six years. Harvey is close friends with Hadsell. Both knew each other from San Marino Police Department. Both transferred from there to Baldwin Park. She signed off on the papers to send Harvey to lieutenant training, even though the next in line is Lt. Parnell. Regarding competence, Officer Kuberry and Officer Marks Adams have scored higher on objective testing than Harvey. According to the Police Association, the two have not been promoted because Marlen Garcia has retaliated against them and their First Amendment Rights for picketing her years earlier.
Since Hadsell could not go against her superiors, she's left the police open to public criticism by Singhal, the Garcia Council Members, Mayor Lozano, and their supporters, who have commented on the officers' incompetence and costly salaries. To counteract their undermining, citizens called for Chief Hadsell to sign a letter that stated she would support her men and women, at a Council Meeting. She did so reluctantly. David Gonzalez, Public Organizational and Leadership Consultant, stated that Garcia's open criticisms and the Chief's passive sponsorship of them has left Baldwin Park's officers vulnerable.
I don't believe any of these facts bear on the objectivity of this article.
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