A Los Angeles police officer is under investigation for allegedly fondling the breasts of a dead woman while his body-worn camera recorded the act, a report said.
The incident allegedly occurred when the veteran LAPD cop and his partner responded to a call of a possible dead woman at a residence, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
After the officers determined the woman was in fact deceased, the accused cop’s partner left the home to grab something from their car, the report said.
During that time, the officer allegedly flipped off his bodycam and inappropriately touched the woman.
The recording devices worn by LAPD officers continue to record for two minutes after deactivation, the Times said.
The cop was caught when his footage was randomly inspected. He’s since been placed on leave.
“We immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident,” chief spokesman Josh Rubenstein told the paper.
The department last month began randomly reviewing officers bodycam footage in instances without arrests or the use of force, the Times reported.
The random reviews are meant to prevent instances of biased policing.
Other more serious stops, including when arrests are made or when force is used, were already routinely reviewed by the department.