L.A.P.D. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Recording That Captured Racist Remarks
In an exclusive report, our sister paper the Los Angeles Times detailed the investigation by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office that was opened after the Los Angeles police department recorded a conversation between two officers.
The conversation was between two officers that was captured on officers body-worn cameras, but the LAPD is in doubt that the recordings were properly made.
The conversation was recorded just prior to a May 24 shooting that left the two officers killed.
The recording was obtained by the police department on May 27. A few days after that recording was obtained, Los Angeles Police Department attorney Christopher Dunn told the Associated Press that the department was not in possession of any body-worn camera recordings made the day of the shooting. The police department was in possession of body-worn camera recordings collected the day of the shooting.
“We don’t have any recordings in our possession at the moment,” Dunn told the AP. “So we are going to have to see what the state of evidence is.”
The newspaper reports that an LAPD attorney told the state attorney’s office that the department has no body-worn camera recordings of the shooting that day, since the two officers on duty that day were “absent without leave,” which is a type of absence that is used to justify an officer’s firing.
The L.A.P.D., in a filing to the state attorney’s office, explained that in 2014, the department started having officers wear a body camera but then stopped recording at the request of the department’s chief, who said it was not necessary to record every police interaction.
A spokesperson for police told the paper that the department “has no additional recordings at this time.”
The LAPD has argued that the officers recorded the conversation on their body cameras because two officers were talking to each other, not for any criminal investigation.
The shooting took place on May 24, 2014, five days before the start of the new police shooting season. The shooting resulted in the two