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LAPD: DEA Stymied Homicide Probe

December 21, 2012  | 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused for more than two years to allow its agents to cooperate with a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the death of a drug suspect shortly after he was arrested in a DEA operation, according to LAPD records.

The LAPD's homicide investigation has effectively stalled, and officials said in documents reviewed by The Times that without assistance from the DEA they cannot determine how the man's fatal injuries were inflicted.

An autopsy found that the suspect's ribs had been fractured in 21 places and coroner's officials concluded that the injuries were caused by "blunt force." The fractures led to internal bleeding, which ultimately killed the man, the coroner found.

The LAPD believes DEA agents may have caused the injuries when they placed the suspect on his stomach while handcuffing him, according to the documents. But without being able to interview the DEA agents who made the arrest, it's impossible for the detectives to determine whether the excessive force was used.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Tags: LAPD, Agency Cooperation, DEA


Comments (3)

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AZBIGDOG @ 12/22/2012 7:31 AM

What part of summons or subpoena does the DEA or LAPD prosecuting attorney not know. Then there is the warrant when they fail to appear. Refuse to talk, Grand Jury, and if you pull the 5th amendment crap go directly to jail. Is it me or is this federal "you can't touch me I'm a federa agent" BS get a little tiring? I guess if they watch their bosses do it they can do it too.

Capt David LACO Retired @ 12/24/2012 7:17 AM

Sounds pretty usual for the Feds. Remember past history...DEA, FBI, etc are great at stonewalling and lying. Someone will appoint a committee that will take 23 years to make a decision and then seal the results for 55 more.

John @ 12/24/2012 12:00 PM

Do the feds need municipal oversight?

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