Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck had to go public about the goings on with the youth cadet program a couple of times this week. First, a handful of teenagers went rogue, stealing police cruisers, stun guns, and bullet-proof vests. Then, Chief Beck personally arrested veteran officer Robert Cain at the 77th Street Division station who allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of those cadets - a 15-year old girl. Now, L.A. City Council member Mitch Englander wants a full investigation into all LAPD youth programs.
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