Lawyers for the family of a Los Angeles Police Department officer who died during a training exercise earlier this year said they are investigating another officer involved in the exercise for gang rape.
Houston Tipping, 32, died after being injured by the officer under investigation during a bicycle training exercise in May, a family attorney said Monday. Tipping had taken the incident report of the alleged sexual assault from the officer.
Tipping’s family is suing the police for wrongful death.
“I certainly allege that at least one officer used excessive force to try to scare or injure Officer Tipping in order to prevent him from investigating a rape complaint,” attorney Bradley Gage said. during a press conference.
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The alleged sexual assault, which involved four LAPD officers, occurred in July 2021. Gage said one of the officers participated in the training exercise the day Tipping died.
The workout “was meant to be a bike workout” but ended up involving a “wrestling drill” which the LAPD said killed Tipping, Gage said.
Medical records show Tipping “may have fallen” on his head during the exercise, but Gage says the deceased officer was beaten to death by other officers during the training exercise.
A county medical examiner ruled that Tipping’s death was an accident and that his injuries were sustained in efforts to save his life.
‘Officer Tipping did not suffer any laceration to the head’ and ‘nor was he hit or beaten during this training session,’ Chief Constable Michel Moore told the Board of Police Commissioners from the LAPD in June. “He tackled another officer, and both fell to the ground, causing him a catastrophic spinal cord injury.”
But Tipping’s mother, Shirley Huffman, claims in her complaint that her son died during a drill to “simulate a mob attack”, adding that Tipping’s death was the result of “intentional acts”.
Gage said Tipping had three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, head injuries and a broken neck. He said the officer’s heart eventually stopped working due to his injuries and he was paralyzed.
“He had subdural hematomas in three places on his left side and three places on his right side. There’s no way grappling caused these injuries as the LAPD described,” the official said. ‘lawyer.
He also addressed the alleged sexual assault allegations in 2021.
“In July 2021, four police officers were involved in the sexual assault of a woman in the Los Angeles area,” Gage said. “A report was written by Officer Tipping, and I saw this report…the female victim claimed she was raped by four different people, all LAPD officers.”
Gage said the identity of one of the officers charged with the rape appears to “correlate with one of the officers who was at bike practice.” He claims that this officer is responsible for injuring Tipping.
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He could not confirm that the officer charged was the one directly engaged in the training exercise with Tipping, but Gage said “our investigation indicates that yes it was.” Gage told reporters he believed “the murder is what happened.”
The attorney said earlier Monday that he hoped to reveal new videos of the training Tipping underwent.
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LAPD says Tipping was acting as a bicycle instructor at the police academy and participating in a training exercise that involved wrestling with another officer. The tip had fallen off while exercising, the department said, resulting in a spinal cord injury.
Officers at the scene then gave Tipping CPR and called Los Angeles Fire Department rescue crews, according to LAPD. Tipping was transported to USC Los Angeles County Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.