10 Los Angeles police officers benched pending protests response investigations

LA County spent $58M in police misconduct lawsuits in 2018-2019 fiscal year.

June 18, 2020, 12:45 PM

A week after the Los Angeles Police Department launched investigations into 56 misconduct complaints that occurred during recent anti-police brutality protests, 10 officers were placed on desk duty, officials said.

PHOTO: In this May 31, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles police officers arrest a demonstrator in Los Angeles.
In this May 31, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles police officers arrest a demonstrator in Los Angeles.
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Police said that 56 complaints were reported as of June 10 and resulted in seven officers being assigned to "non-field duties." As of Thursday, three more officers were pulled from the streets and placed on desk duty, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

The department said in a previous statement that they were investigating "allegations of misconduct, violations of department policy, and excessive force during the recent civil unrest."

PHOTO: A demonstrator is taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect in Los Angeles, June 2, 2020.
A demonstrator is taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect in Los Angeles, June 2, 2020.
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Demonstrators in Los Angeles and across the country took part in anti-police brutality protests, which were mostly peaceful, yet some escalated into riots and clashes with officers.

PHOTO: Black Lives Matter protesters fight with supporters of US President Donald Trump as police try to break up the clashes during a demonstration due to the police killing of George Floyd in Huntington Beach, California, June 6, 2020.
Black Lives Matter protesters fight with supporters of US President Donald Trump as police try to break up the clashes during a demonstration due to the police killing of George Floyd in Huntington Beach, California, June 6, 2020.
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The ongoing rallies are in response to the death of George Floyd who was allegedly murdered at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- after former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd's neck.

Of those complaints, 28 alleged use of force.

Los Angeles County spent $58,440,262.23 in police misconduct lawsuits for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according the county's Chief Executive Office. That figure included $10.6 million in legal fees and other court costs.

PHOTO: FILE - In this May 31, 2020, file photo, a police officer arrests a woman as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in Los Angeles.
In this May 31, 2020, file photo, a police officer arrests a woman as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in Los Angeles.
Jae C. Hong/AP, File

There are 40 investigators looking into every complaint thoroughly and will hold every officer accountable for their actions, police said in a previous statement.

"It is a long process. We appreciate your patience," said Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD spokesperson.

PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard as he attends a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, June 8, 2020.
A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard as he attends a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, June 8, 2020.
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Anyone who believes they were wrongfully accused of a crime, unjustly injured, or experienced misconduct at the hands of an officer can make a complaint with the department's Internal Affairs Group hotline at 1-800-339-6868, police said.

For complaints specifically related to the protests, individuals can email ProtestResponse2020@lapd.online or make a complaint through the Office of the Inspector General at 213-893-6400 or oigcompl@lapd.online.

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