LAPD Detective Allegedly Makes Racial, Vulgar Comments While on Duty

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Los Angeles police officials are investigating allegations that a veteran detective made racially charged comments about shooting black men and disparaged several superiors with vulgar insults during a training lecture given to other cops.

Frank Lyga, a veteran investigator assigned to the LAPD’s gang and narcotic division, has been removed from field duties pending the outcome of the investigation, said Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman.

Internal affairs investigators opened an inquiry into Lyga, 57, after a fellow officer filed a complaint against him for the comments he allegedly made while teaching a class at the department’s training academy, Smith said.

The investigation has centered on an audio recording allegedly capturing the comments.

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