LAPD cop did not know his camera recorded him fondling dead body
An LAPD cop who was caught on camera fondling a dead body has been sent on leave pending investigations.
The incident happened after the officer was unknowingly recorded by his own body worn camera, even though he had switched it off.
According to the Los Angels Times, the officer whose name has not been revealed, was together with his partner when the incident occurred.
They had responded to a caller who had reported about a dead body in a residential unit.
The two confirmed that the woman was dead, and as the partner went back to the patrol car to check something, the suspect remained behind.
He allegedly switched off his body-worn camera before starting to fondle the woman’s breast.
Little did the officer know that the camera was still recording.
LA Times reports that when switched off, the body-worn camera still records by the two-minute buffer on the device.
The video was captured a few weeks after the incident, in a random check of body camera footage, CNN added.
The case is still under investigation with fellow officers at the station reportedly furious over the incident.
The union which represents the officer blasted the officer saying: “We will absolutely not defend this individual in any criminal proceeding.”
Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, also apologized to the family.
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