The Associated Press reports that the Los Angeles Police Department has opened an internal investigation into the handling of Nipsey Hussle’s murder case after a desk officer turned away a top witness days after Nipsey was shot. The witness in question is the woman who allegedly drove the getaway car that suspect Eric Holder fled in after shooting Nipsey.
LAPD officials confirmed that a front desk office turned away the woman due to a “miscommunication.” The admission was unearthed by the Los Angeles Times last week after they obtained court documents from Nipsey’s case.
In the documents, the woman testified that she and her mother went to the police in April to testify after she saw her license plate and car was being widely publicized in the news.
The officer told them, “don’t worry about it,” and sent them home. The woman went back to the station later that same day. Since then, she has been working with the police as a witness.
“One of the police officers is like, ‘Well, don’t worry about it,’ you know, ‘Don’t listen to the news,’” the woman told the grand jury according to the LA Times. “My mom said, ‘Well, she needs to talk to somebody.’ But he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ So we just left.”
LAPD spokesperson Josh Rubenstein told the AP that the officer turned her away because he did not understand what the woman was saying when she initially came to the station. The officer misunderstood and thought that she was trying to file a report that someone was recording video of her car on television.
“She was not making herself clear of what she was doing,” Rubenstein explained as to why the officer got confused.
The internal probe began a few days ago. So far, the Los Angeles police says there doesn’t appear to be any misconduct. But they are auditing to make sure all policies and procedures were followed when the woman first tried to turn herself in.
They are also looking into witness statements and body cam evidence to see where the miscommunication could’ve happened.
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