The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the shooting death of Nipsey Hussle, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the outlet, authorities are probing a local precinct’s handling of the case, after learning that a desk officer turned away the woman who was responsible for driving a getaway car for Eric Holder, the man who allegedly shot Hussle.
The LAPD’s chief spokesman, Josh Rubenstein, confirmed on Monday that the Internal Affairs Group is investigating the desk officer’s response at the 77th Street police station in Los Angeles. Per the Times, investigators are set to “interview witnesses and review any recording from body cameras worn by desk officers.”
“We want to make sure all of policies and procedures were followed,” Rubenstein commented on the probe.
In grand jury testimony transcripts, released last week, the woman, who has been identified as Witness 1, claims she drove the suspected murderer Eric Holder to and from the scene of the shooting on March 31. Hours later, her car and license plate were plastered all over the news, which prompted her to contact authorities.
Shortly after, her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until 6 a.m. the next day, according to the transcripts. When the woman and her mother arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer told them, “Don’t worry about it” and “Don’t listen to the news.” The woman left the station, but returned later to speak to detectives after her mother contacted the police once again.
LAPD Detective Cedric Washington corroborated the woman’s testimony, which raises questions as to why she wasn’t taken seriously the first time she attempted to report her knowledge of Hussle’s suspected killer.
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