Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Accused of Fondling Female Corpse

Los Angeles Police Department Officer Accused of Fondling Female Corpse

A California police officer is under investigation for allegedly fondling a dead woman's breasts, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed on Tuesday.

The incident was captured on video - even though the officer deactivated his camera - because of a 2-minute buffer on the device, according to the LA Times.

Once the pair determined the woman was deceased, one of the officers left the room, the official said.

The veteran officer, who has not been identified, was responding to a report of a dead body in a residential unit with his partner when the alleged incident occurred. Pending the probes, the officer has reportedly been placed on administrative leave.

Department officials initially thought the alleged act was discovered during a random inspection of the officer's body camera footage, but officials now say a detective investigating the woman's death found the video. It is not clear how long the officer fondled the corpse or what prompted him to turn the camera back on.

"The department is aware of the incident and an internal investigation has been launched", LAPD officer Jeff Lee said, adding that he can not comment further on pending personnel matters.

The officer's body-worn camera recorded the incident.

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

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

The LAPD began field testing body-worn cameras in 2014 and eventually deployed more than 7,000.

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. But critics argued that the constant taping, which totals 14,000 recordings daily, could raise privacy concerns.

The police union called the accusation a departure from LAPD values, which include reverence for the deceased.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League released a statement on the case, saying: "If this allegation is true, then the behaviour exhibited by this officer is not only wrong but extremely disturbing and does not align with the values we, as police officers, hold dear. This behavior has no place in law enforcement", Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors said in a statement sent to Fox News.

After his shift that day he turned in his camera, as per police protocol, and it was only picked up by a random inspection. Im said he could not say whether the footage may result in criminal charges because it is too early in the investigation.

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