LAPD officer allegedly fondled body of dead woman

Ruben Fields
December 5, 2019

A Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after a review of body camera footage showed him fondling a dead woman's breasts.

The recording devices worn by LAPD officers continue to record for two minutes after deactivation, the Times said.

At one point the officer's partner left to retrieve something from their vehicle, and he attempted to turn his body camera off before allegedly groping the corpse.

An official familiar with the case who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said the incident unfolded after the officer and his partner responded to a call about a woman who was possibly dead in a residential unit.

A Los Angeles police officer has been placed on leave for an investigation into accusations that he fondled a dead woman's breasts on a call, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The department last month began randomly reviewing officers bodycam footage in instances without arrests or the use of force, the Times reported.

Assistant Police Chief Robert Arcos told the Times the recording was "very disturbing".

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A random review of LAPD bodycam videos uncovered footage of the incident, according to the publication. When the officer restarted the camera at the scene, it saved the preceding two minutes and allegedly caught him abusing the corpse.

Josh Rubenstein, an LAPD spokesman, would not comment on the allegation but said the unidentified officer has been removed from active duty while the incident is investigated.

When LAPD first deployed more than 7,000 body cameras in December 2014, many advocates lauded the move, saying the cams would help increase public trust and police transparency.

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. The department collects almost 14,000 recordings every day.

This latest incident marks a rare occasion when a police department has surfaced alleged misconduct in an incident that did not involve an arrest or use of force.

After his shift that day he turned in his camera, as per police protocol, and it was only picked up by a random inspection. And the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, said the "behavior has no place in law enforcement".

Im said it was too early in the investigation to say whether criminal charges could be brought against the officer, The Washington Post reported.

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