Investigation Launched After LAPD Undercover Officers' Names and Photos End Up Online

Investigation Launched After LAPD Undercover Officers’ Names and Photos End Up Online

The Los Angeles Police Department‘s police chief and constitutional policing director are under investigation after undercover officers’ names and photos were posted online to a technology watchdog group.
In a police commission hearing on Tuesday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore expressed his “deep apologies” to the undercover officers who had not been informed in advance of the disclosure.
As a result of a public records request by a reporter for progressive news outlet Knock LA, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition published more than 9,300 officers’ names and photographs in an online database last Friday.

Each officer’s name, ethnicity, rank, date of hire, badge number, and division or agency are all listed in the database.

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition claims the database should be utilized for “countersurveillance,” not police intelligence gathering.

“You can use it to identify officers who are causing harm in your community,” the group wrote. “Police have vast information about all of us at their fingertips, yet they move in secrecy.”

The Times reported that the department accidentally released the undercover officer’s names and pictures.
Under California law, the city attorney’s office determined that the agency was legally required to provide the records, but exemptions are sometimes granted for safety or investigation reasons.

Moore said Tuesday, “We will look to what steps or added steps can be taken to safeguard the personal identifiers of our membership.”

According to police officials, the images in the database threaten the safety of current and potential undercover officers.

Ben Camacho, a reporter for The Knock LA, tweeted that he had sued and requested the records to obtain the photos last year.  He claimed that officer safety was never brought up when the department opposed their release.

“The only officers they are excluding from disclosure are undercover officers, which is expected,” a deputy city attorney wrote in a 2022 email to Camacho’s attorney.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League filed a misconduct complaint against Moore and Liz Rhodes on Monday, prompting the department’s inspector general to investigate their actions.

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