Cop Killing LAPD Detective’s IA Investigation Produces 19 Allegations

We’re not against the police.  We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct.


According to my sources inside of the LAPD, Detective Frank Lyga’s Internal Affairs investigation netted somewhere around 19 allegations with most of them being sustained. Sustained is the Department’s way of saying they found truth.  A few of the allegations were dismissed.

Lyga’s bragging about driving fast in the carpool lane with no front plates didn’t go over too well, especially after the news broke that Captain Ruben De La Torre used duct tape on his patrol car’s license plate to avoid toll road violation cameras along the 91 Express Lanes.

“I drive a white Jeep Cherokee with no front plate—usually 100 miles an hour in the carpool lane.”

I’ll remind latecomers to this story that when Lyga said this, the room of cops he was speaking to erupted in applause and laughter. That’s noteworthy because you and I both know that it’s illegal to drive 100 miles per hour alone in your vehicle in the carpool lane with no front license plate.

Also at issue in Lyga’s Internal Affairs investigation was his admission of meeting Officer Kevin Gaines one night with then Officer Derwin Henderson.  In 1997, after Lyga shot and killed Gaines in North Hollywood, he told investigators that he had never met Gaines and didn’t know who he was.

That part on the audio where Lyga says that his only regret regarding the shooting was that Gaines was alone in the truck at the time and that he could have “killed a whole truckload of them” and “would have been happily doing so” — killed any credibility he had to be able to testify in court on behalf of the LAPD.  Any defense attorney worth their law degree who found Lyga on their witness list would be all over that statement.

Ever since the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors  are required to notify defendants and their attorneys whenever a law enforcement official involved in their case has a sustained record for knowingly lying in an official capacity.

If a cop is found to be lying, that cop might receive what is known as a Brady letter placed in his or her file and from there on out would be referred to as a “Brady cop.”  More often than not cops end up terminated if they’re caught or even suspected of lying about anything, unless as I am told they are “sponsored.”

It also seems that the LAPD has decided that Lyga cannot teach anymore or train any personnel as a representative of the Department.

Finally, but certainly not least, I’m told Lyga has been ordered to see the Department shrink for an evaluation.  Chief Charlie Beck’s explanation a few weeks ago when he said he needed to know what Lyga was thinking when he made those comments feeds right into the need for Lyga to see a psychologist.

Anyway, I was told that Lyga showed up to LAPD headquarters and Gang and Narcotics Division yesterday to commiserate with anyone who would listen to him.  Lyga seems to think all of this is unfair to him.

Insiders have also told me that there is little faith that Chief Beck will fire Lyga over his comments, which is interesting because Chief Beck not that long ago said that he only sends officers to a Board of Rights hearing to be terminated.

Lyga is expected to follow the Chief’s footsteps in using the defense that he misspoke.  Who knows, it might work for him, it worked for the Chief.

No word yet on if Lyga’s comments disparaging several of his co-workers or his admission that he blackmailed then LAPD Chief Bernard Parks by threatening to go to the media and say that Gaines’ killing was a sanctioned Department hit were found to be sustained.

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  • ex cop

    Wow, Jasmyne. you sure talk a good show. Too bad you use racist emotion instead of facts. First off, just who are your sources? Are you sure they are good so you don’t embarrass yourself? Oops, too late for that. Do you and your source think it’s all right to post a picture of an undercover narcotic detective’s vehicle on your blog? I think you should be prosecuted for it. You put an LAPD officer’s life in danger. How dare you?
    Kevin Gaines wasn’t a cop. He was a gangster who got the job because of affirmative action. Do you know what that means? It means he was sub-standard and yes, black. I knew many black LAPD officers who were smart, qualified and not racists. You know, uncle Toms (as you would probably call them).
    I’ve been to court with Detective Lyga. Neither I nor any jury ever heard him lie because he doesn’t. That must be a shock to you because lying is a way of life for you. Guess what! No Brady letter in his package. But you should know that because of your “sources”. He can’t teach anymore so your fellow minorities don’t burn down your own neighborhoods. How foolish is that? Why don’t you write about that. Why don’t you write something that can help black people instead if instigating trouble to make yourself feel better?
    Detective Lyga did not misspeak. You just didn’t listen.
    You speak of him blackmailing Chief Parks. How is that possible unless the chief is a corrupt cop himself?
    I can go on and on and refute everything you say but why bother. I’m just a racist according to you because I criticize and don’t agree with you.
    I can see from your writings that you are not stupid. Well, you know what they say. It’s better to be thought of as a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
    You really should find a new line of work.