LAPD Detective Accused of Racially Charged Comments Placed on Leave

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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.

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A veteran Los Angeles police detective has been placed on leave pending an investigation into allegations that he made racially charged comments during a training lecture given to other officers, authorities said Thursday.

Frank Lyga, 57, was placed on paid leave after new information came to the attention of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, said Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman. He declined to provide additional details.

An attorney for Lyga could not be reached for comment.

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