US Cop Under Investigation For Allegedly Fondling Corpse

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An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department is under investigation after his body camera allegedly caught him fondling a deceased woman’s breasts.

A police spokesman confirmed the probe to AFP on Wednesday but would not discuss details of the case.

“We are aware of it and an administrative investigation has begun,” Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said. “We cannot discuss the case because it’s a personnel matter and because of litigation issues.”

An official familiar with the case who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said the incident unfolded after the officer and his partner responded to a call about a woman who was possibly dead in a residential unit.

Once the pair determined the woman was deceased, one of the officers left the room, the official said.

“The one who is accused went back in to where the deceased woman was and allegedly fondled her breasts,” he added.

Although the officer had turned his body camera off, a two-minute buffer on the device captured the incident.

The official said the footage was uncovered during a random inspection and reaction among the force has been “utter disgust.”

“This has no place in law enforcement or anywhere,” he said. “There needs to be and there always has been a reverence of respect for folks who have died, and from the rank and file all the way up to the chief, it’s just total disgust at this.”

In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents officers, said the allegations are “extremely 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 statement said.

Police said the officer has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the probe.

AFP

Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis: Nasarawa, Benue To Hold Security Meeting

HerdsmenBenue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that a joint security meeting with his Nasarawa State counterpart to address borderline crimes will be convened following the success recorded by the Benue State amnesty programme.

The decision follows interactions between the Governor and the Osana of Keana, Senator Emmanuel Elayo over the perennial Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes in border communities of the two states.

Mr Ortom, who held a similar joint security meeting with his Taraba State counterpart in the wake of the ceaseless killings in that area, says a quick solution to the Fulani-farmers crisis between the two states was necessary as the dry season sets in.

The Osana of Keana, a border community with Benue State from Guma Local Government said that the age-long relationship between farmers and Fulani’s will be restored to ensure lasting peace.

Fulani Herdsmen Kill Scores In Agatu, Benue State

fulani herdsmenSuspected Fulani herdsmen bearing arms have sacked residence of Egba village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing over 90 persons, including women and children, in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.

The attack by the insurgents, according to local sources, began at about 4am when Fulani assailants stormed the village, killing their unsuspecting victims, most of whom were fast asleep, after which they razed the community, destroying economic trees, food barns and farmland.

The Fulani herdsmen were said to have gained access into the community from Loko in neighbouring Nasarawa State, and started shooting and breaking into people’s houses, hauling down whoever they met, including women and children, leaving behind a death camp.

According to a source, about 90 corpses have been recovered with many injured as search and rescue efforts have been ongoing to help survivors of the attack.

However, while confirming the killings, the Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hyacinth Dagala, said that his men have arrived the village to restore peace, but could only confirm the recovery of 30 bodies from the scene.

He said that further information would be made available as to the actual casualty figure, when his men file more reports from the scene.

Police Nabs Man For Raping 4 Year Old To Death

The Imo state police command has arrested a 30-year old man, Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye who allegedly raped a 4-year old girl to death in Omuma Oru east local government area of Imo state.

Parading the suspect at the command headquaters in Owerri the state capital, the Imo State Commissioner for Police Mr. Mohammed Katsina revealed that his team caught Mr. Onyebuchi Ejinkonye while he was trying to bury the corpse of the 4year old girl after raping her to death.

Mr. Katsina also paraded some kidnap suspects, armed robbers as well as fraudsters who had been terrorizing the peace of the state.

He called for the cooperation of Imo citizens by giving the police meaningful information regarding to criminal hide outs and their movement.

He advised criminals in the state to go into hiding as he will not take it likely with their lot.