LAPD launches criminal probe of racist leak at request of Martinez, De León, Cedillo, and O’Rourke
Updated at 7:23 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018
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The Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation into a racist racist leak has launched despite the LAPD chief’s objections.
The LAPD sent letters Monday terminating the employment of two officers and seeking criminal charges against more people — including the officers’ supervisors — in the months before the Los Angeles Times published a story on the leak. Two people close to the investigation told The Times that the investigation was launched after the Times published the story on Dec. 2, 2015.
Chief Charlie Beck, who was a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission and was not involved in initiating the investigation, referred questions to LAPD chief spokesman Steve Whitmore.
De León, a former prosecutor and U.S. attorney, tweeted that he was “absolutely not the target” of the criminal leak probe. He tweeted on Thursday, “I was not the only one who found racism in Police Department leadership,” then went on to say, “Yes black people do experience racism in America. But it is not our community that is being victimized.”
While there was outrage following the story, critics and investigators suggested that the LAPD needed to be especially careful for fear of political retaliation in a city reeling from the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer last fall.
De León and Martinez said they were surprised by the police probe when they read about it in the Times article in 2015.
“We knew nothing of this, we had no idea who you would be referring to or talking about,” Martinez said, adding that he was “horrified and surprised” that no one had warned De León or himself about the leak.
According to the police report, released in July, the two officers have been accused of leaking information about an internal investigation into the leaking of information about the internal investigation.
The officers have said they were unaware it was leaked as the case unfolded.
The two officers were placed on administrative leave in June pending the outcome of the criminal probe. An internal investigation into the leak is