UPDATE: LAPD Officer Accused of Touching Dead Woman's Body Won't Get Help from Police Union

Rebekah Sager
December 04, 2019 - 5:34 pm
A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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A disturbing incident involving a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer and the body of a dead woman was caught on the officer's body cam. He is now under investigation. 

A random review of body cam footage showed a pair of downtown Central Division officers responding to the discovery of a woman's body in an apartment. One officer returned to the patrol car, but the other allegedly turned off his body cam and then reportedly fondled the dead woman's breasts. The cameras two-minute buffer function caught the images, that LAPD Assistant Chief Robert Arcos calls very troubling.

“We immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident,” chief spokesman Josh Rubenstein told The Los Angeles Times, “and we assigned the officer to home.” He declined to comment further.

Directors of the L.A. Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file police officers, says they refuse to represent the officer.

"We will absolutely not defend this individual in any criminal proceeding," Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a press conference Wednesday. 

The officer was placed on leave while an administrative review and check of his past work history is underway.