- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles Police Department disciplinary panel has recommended the firing of a veteran detective for allegedly making racially charged comments during a training lecture.

An attorney representing Frank Lyga told the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1rhtZ0A ) on Thursday that the 28-year department veteran had apologized to the board of rights for most of his controversial remarks and was deeply disappointed with the decision.

“It was misconduct … but Frank acknowledged what he did was wrong and was fully honest about it,” attorney Ira Salzman said. “To fire him over words is entirely wrong.”

Chief Charlie Beck must now decide whether to impose the punishment or reduce it.

One of the remarks recorded during the lecture involved Lyga’s 1997 fatal shooting of Kevin Gaines, an off-duty police officer, the newspaper said. The shooting sparked racial tensions within the department because Gaines was black and Lyga is white.

At the recent board of rights hearing, Salzman said, Lyga pleaded guilty to making inappropriate remarks heard on the recording, including insults directed at a female LAPD captain, a lieutenant and others, including Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the late attorney who also represented Gaines’ family.

A department spokesman declined to comment, saying officer discipline is confidential under state law.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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