LAPD officer allegedly fondled body of dead woman

Joanna Estrada
December 4, 2019

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that an officer has been removed from duty pending an internal investigation into the footage, which will determine whether the officer violated department policies and if his actions merit termination.

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department is under investigation after his body camera allegedly caught him fondling the body of a dead woman. Sources say the partner headed back to their squad auto to get something, which is when the officer in question allegedly turned his bodycam off and fondled the corpse's breasts.

Though the camera was turned off before the incident, it was captured by the two-minute buffer on the device, the newspaper reported. He declined to comment further.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement that the officer's alleged behavior "has no place in law enforcement", NBC News reported.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the officers" union, added: "If this allegation is true, then the behavior exhibited by this officer is not only wrong, but extremely disturbing.

LAPD Assistant Chief Robert Arcos called the video "very disturbing", the newspaper reported. It's presently unknown how much time passed between the alleged fondling incident and the moment that LAPD officials discovered the footage during the random inspection. It's unclear for how long the officer fondled the dead woman or what triggered him to later activate the camera.

More police departments have started using body cameras in recent years as a way of improving accountability amid heightened scrutiny over police misconduct and use of force.

The officer had previously been assigned to the downtown Central Division, the Times reported.

Police Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith said the aim was to 'identify trends, develop training and hold officers accountable to the highest standard of fair and unbiased policing'.

Even prior to the agreement, police leaders could review recordings and discipline officers for misconduct discovered on video.

Before that, the department only routinely reviewed footage that featured arrests, use of force or was subject to a complaint by the public.

The LAPD began field testing body-worn cameras in 2014 and eventually deployed more than 7,000. But critics argued that the constant taping, which totals 14,000 recordings daily, could raise privacy concerns.

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