A police officer was allegedly caught on his own body camera fondling a dead woman’s breasts.
The officer with the Los Angeles police department is now under investigation and has been placed on leave, although he has not been named. The incident occurred after the officer and his partner responded to reports of a possible dead woman in a home.
They determined the woman was dead and one officer then went out to retrieve something from their patrol car. While his partner was away, the accused cop turned off his bodycam and allegedly began fondling the woman’s breasts – but he apparently did not know the department’s cameras continue to record two minutes after they are manually deactivated.
The cameras worn by the LAPD reportedly have two-minute buffer when they are turned off. They also start saving video and audio two minutes before they are turned on. Police supervisors discovered the alleged groping during a random inspection of the officer’s camera, which the LAPD started doing last month to make sure officers are following departmental guidelines.
Chief police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said: ‘We immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident and we assigned the officer to home.’ Assistant Chief Robert Arcos said the footage was ‘very disturbing.’ ‘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 department’s board of directors said in a statement. ‘This behavior has no place in law enforcement,’ the statement continued.Photo Credit: Getty