LAPD officer who died during training targeted lawyer

  • The family of slain Los Angeles police officer Houston Tipping is suing the city for wrongful death.
  • Tipping died from a spinal injury sustained during self-defense training, according to the medical examiner’s report.
  • “They used that training as a cover to kill him in retaliation for his whistleblowing activity,” attorney Bradley Gage told NPR.

The attorney for the family of a Los Angeles Police Department officer killed during training is suing the city after they say the officer was targeted for a gang-rape investigation by his fellow officers.

“They used that training as a cover to kill him in retaliation for his whistleblowing activity,” attorney Bradley Gage told NPR.

Gage alleged that LAPD officer Houston Tipping, 32, was assaulted during a self-defense training session after he filed reports about a female victim who claimed she was raped by four LAPD officers, according to NPR.

He also said one of the officers who participated in the training that killed Tipping was included in the report, according to NPR.

Tipping died three days after suffering a spinal injury during self-defense training on May 26, according to the report.

Lizabeth Rhodes, Director of the LAPD’s Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, said during a meeting Tuesday that Tipping was role-playing as an uncooperative “suspect” and accused an unnamed student as part of the training.

The officer dropped Tipping on his head, which the medical examiner said caused a spinal injury, causing him to go into cardiac arrest and die three days later, according to Rhodes.

LAPD officials said in their report that there was no video or audio recording of the training and that many of Tipping’s injuries to his ribs resulted from attempts to revive him at the academy with a CPR machine, a LUCAS device.

Gage said the training academy’s automatic CPR machine was never used in the room at the time of the incident.

“The problem with that is other medical reports show that the LUCAS device was never used,” Gage told CBS Los Angeles.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Gage’s allegations are without merit, according to KTLA 5.

“He has made other baseless allegations in this unfortunate tragedy,” Moore told KTLA 5.

Rhodes said the training scenario was not “a mob attack, as has been claimed,” but a two-person exercise.

“The medical examiner’s office determined it was an accident, as did the department,” Rhodes said. “It was a tragic accident and we again offer our condolences.”

Bradley Gage and the LAPD did not immediately respond to requests for comment

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