Veteran LAPD Detective Fired After Recorded Rant at Training Session

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Update: An LAPD spokeswoman confirmed early Friday evening that Lyga no longer is employed by the department.

LAPD Officer Kevin Gaines, left, was killed in 1997 during an off-duty dispute with Detective Frank Lyga, right, who was undercover at the time. The killing was the subject of the recording that allegedly features Lyga and that prompted a June 2014 police investigation. The two men are shown in file photos.

LAPD Officer Kevin Gaines, left, was killed in 1997 during an off-duty dispute with Detective Frank Lyga, right, who was undercover at the time. The killing was the subject of the recording that allegedly featured Lyga and that prompted a June 2014 police investigation. The two men are shown in file photos.

A veteran Los Angeles police detective who admitted making inappropriate comments in an expletive-laden rant at a training session will be fired by police Chief Charlie Beck, the detective’s attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Ira Salzman said he was notified by the department that Beck had signed paperwork to fire his client, Frank Lyga.

A disciplinary panel recommended that Lyga be fired for his controversial remarks. Salzman said a department official told him that the chief signed the termination notice Tuesday, the same day that Salzman said he participated in a conference call with the three-member Board of Rights panel.

The lawyer said he has not had a chance yet to file a letter in Lyga’s defense.

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