Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing misconduct allegations against four police officers during protests in early June, and the LAPD is looking into why some supervisors advised officers to turn off bodycams during protests.
As of Tuesday, no charges have been filed, but the L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s Justice System Integrity Division, which reviews police misconduct, is reviewing the four officers’ actions during protests after internal affairs forwarded their names, according to The LA Times.
Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for LAPD, did not name the officers but said the officers were involved in an arrest for a curfew violation on June 1 in Van Nuys, California, while the city had a curfew in place amid widespread protests after the death of George Floyd.
As for the bodycams, nearly 1,000 hours of footage has been reviewed by internal affairs investigators; however, some officers were instructed to secure their bodycams in their cars over concerns of cameras getting damaged, and in some cases, the batteries died. Batteries on the officer’s bodycams only last about twelve hours.
Officers are normally instructed to report to their supervisors and get a new camera when such situations arise, but Rubenstein said that was not possible during the protests.
The investigations are still ongoing.