Will A Cop Killing LAPD Detective Be Fired?

A scene from the movie The Skulls and what I picture a LAPD Board of Rights hearing looks like, lol.

A scene from the movie The Skulls and what I picture a LAPD Board of Rights hearing looks like, lol.

It seems that Los Angeles Police Department veteran Detective Frank Lyga has been ordered to a Board of Rights hearing as of yesterday.  I’m told the news was delivered to him via Captain II Charles Hearn of the Gang and Narcotics Division sometime yesterday afternoon.  This comes after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded with the recommendation for a BOR hearing.  What’s unclear is exactly what he’s being charged with, but as Chief Charlie Beck told us, he only sends officers before a BOR to be terminated.

Lyga is a 28-year veteran of the LAPD who was relieved of duty after audio surfaced of a training that heard Lyga making disparaging remarks about his colleagues, command staff, and seemingly taking joy in his killing of Black police officer Kevin Gaines in 1997.

Lyga says on the audio 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.”

At the time of the shooting, which sparked the Rampart scandal, Lyga said that he didn’t know who Gaines was and that he had never met him before.

However, in the audio, Lyga recalls an earlier encounter he had with a former trainee, Derwin Henderson, who happened to have Kevin Gaines in the car with him, completely contradicting his earlier account of the 1997 incident or as the LAPD refers to it as “providing false and misleading statements.”

The comments were made at a November 15, 2013 LAPD Detective School in-service training at the Police Academy.

According to a November 18, 2013 memo to Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger from an unnamed officer in that training,  Lyga said that he had threatened to go to the media after he shot and killed Kevin Gaines in 1997. Lyga told approximately 37 people, including members of the LAPDGlendale Police Department,California Highway PatrolLos Angeles Port Police, and Los Angeles Unified School Police, that then Chief Bernard Parks wanted to “send him to another unit” after the shooting to “hide him for awhile.” Lyga said that he was “pissed” and told his Captain at the time that “if Parks puts me there I’m going to the media and tell them that this was a sanctioned hit on Gaines by the LAPD.”

Lyga followed those comments by laughing and saying “I basically blackmailed the Chief.”

In addition to gloating over killing Gaines, Lyga described 77th Division Captain Lillian Carranza as a “very cute Hispanic lady who couldn’t find her ass with both of her hands.”  Lyga also said Carranza had been “swapped around a bunch of times.”

She’s now suing alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and false light invasion of privacy, and is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Lyga also referred to civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran as a “crooked-lipped motherfucker” and attorney Carl Douglas as [Johnnie Cochran’s] “little Ewok assistant.”  You can hear it all below.

No word yet on the date for Lyga’s Board of Rights hearing or if that hearing is going to be suddenly canceled by the Chief of Police.  What we do know is that Lyga is represented by Ira Salzman, an attorney known for representing police officers.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Enough Already

    We might as well get some more dirty LAPD laundry. Let’s take a look at the Emergency Services Division. No black captain, no black lieutenants, no black sergeant 2s, no black sergeant 1s, no black detectives, no black P-3+1s, no black P-2s and no black civilians in the entire DIVISION. Does this division look anything like the city of LA or even the rest of the department? He’ll, no. People don’t leave this division very often, but one black female just took a 30% pay cut to GTFO, a male black broke his 5 year service agreement early to GTFO, and a female black civilian was chased out by a racist, skirt chasing captain. If you are black, don’t even waste you’re time applying for a job there. About 15 new hires in the last 2 years and ZERO blacks. Jasmyne (and anyone else) I encourage you to check my math on that! Oh, and don’t bother applying for a job with the Bomb Squad if you’re not a white guy from the Valley or a motor cop (still trying to figure out how that relates to the bomb squad….oh wait, it doesn’t). And don’t even bother applying to Bomb K9 unless your trunk has a 18, 12 or 41 on it. Mere mortals need not apply. This division has cost the city millions and millions of dollars in discrimination and hostile work environment lawsuits in the recent past, but it’s obvious that they haven’t learned their lesson. Almost forgot about Beck’s specially appointed assistants/bomb squad members. Beck slid two of his buddies into the bomb squad only to immediately “loan” them to himself as caddies, chauffeurs or whatever it was that they were doing. Look into that one too!

  • Mr Smith

    You should stick to stuff like this – it’s obvious this guy shouldn’t be a cop. No need for you to go trumping up charges against other cops or excusing cop-killers.

  • Johnny Rico

    My mental picture of a board of rights tends to run more along the lines of three old guys wearing white wigs like they did a couple of hundred years ago than the picture above.

  • Enough already is FOS.

    Sounds like someone applied for a job in ESD and didn’t get selected….

  • Mr Smith

    Nothing racist about that opinion.

  • Johnny Rico

    I have to ask, what was racist about my comment?

    I was referring to the British tradition that requires British judges to wear black robes and white wigs despite the fact that white wigs have not been fashionable for the last century or two.

    With regards to why I made that comment, there have been numerous well documented instances in which members of a board of rights have made downright preposterous statements on the record in a board of rights. I grew up watching “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. In Monty Python, there were occasionally skits in which they made fun of the British judicial system. In those skits, the actors were depicted wearing white wigs.

    Absurdity in an LAPD board of rights often times leads me to think about Monty Python. In turn, this leads me to imagine three old guys who are so out of touch with reality that they are still wearing white wigs.

    I know for a fact that the members of a board of rights do not wear white wigs while the board is in session.