Cop Allegedly Fondles Dead Woman’s Breasts. There Is Good News Though.

“Hatred” by Italian painter Pietro Pajetta, 1896

An Los Angeles police officer has been suspended from the force after his body camera allegedly recorded him fondling the breasts of a dead woman.

A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after his body-worn camera captured him allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breasts.

The officer, who is assigned to downtown’s Central Division, was placed on leave once supervisors reviewed the footage during a random inspection, LAPD officials said.

The incident occurred when the officer and his partner responded to a call about a possible dead woman in a residential unit, sources said. Once the two officers determined the woman was dead, one officer returned to the patrol car to retrieve something. During that time, the accused officer turned off his body-worn camera and allegedly fondled the woman’s breasts, LAPD officials said.

Although the officer deactivated the camera, a two-minute buffer on the device captured the incident. The department is also investigating the officer’s work history.

The Police Department is investigating the incident and will make a determination after the investigation.

We never thought we’d say this, but there may be something good coming out of this case.

We have always maintained that too often police unions look to protect union members no matter what. Instead of helping cities and citizens by helping weed out people who should not be cops or have committed an egregious or criminal act, too often unions have tried to protect that individual.

We were therefore glad to see this statement from the LA Police Department Union.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file cops, called the allegations troubling.

“If this allegation is true, then the behavior exhibited by this officer is not only wrong, but extremely disturbing, and does not align with the values we, as police officers, hold dear, and these values include respect and reverence for the deceased,” the board of directors said in a statement. “This behavior has no place in law enforcement.”

If the allegations are true, we hope that the union’s statement means they will support getting rid of this sick individual who has no business wearing a uniform.

Time will tell if the statement is mere words or will translate into actions, but far too many times we have seen union statements that defend cops in any situation.

Hopefully, this is part of turning away from that practice and that would be a good thing.

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