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LAPD Detective Accuses High-Ranking Supervisor of Perjury

The accusation stems from an internal investigation that prompted a civil lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles

A Los Angeles police detective at Tuesday's police commission meeting accused a high-ranking supervisor of perjury during a civil case against the city.

LAPD Detective Jamie McBride, a 27-year veteran, stood before Chief Charlie Beck and police commissioners asking them to open an investigation regarding Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas.

"In July 2016, Chief Villegas knowingly offered false sworn testimony during civil deposition," McBride said.

NBC4 attempted to reach out to Villegas through his work email. We were unable to reach him for comment.

McBride claims Villegas denied under oath reading a document that was part of McBride's civil case against the police department.

McBride sued the department, claiming supervisors retaliated against him after he was cleared of wrongdoing while leading an investigative unit. McBride, who is now a director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which is the union representing Los Angeles police, won a $1.5 million judgment in March.

McBride says Villegas denied reading a document that was part of his civil case. The NBC I-Team reviewed court documents from the case, including a statement by a lieutenant who claimed Villegas not only read the document in question, but made notes on it in her presence.

McBride says Villegas denied reading a "rationale of findings" - the document part of his civil case. The NBC4 I-Team reviewed it and court documents in the case, including a declaration by another police officer she says she saw Villegas make notes on the "rationale of findings" he alleges he did not read.

The LAPD tells us because this is now a formal complaint, they will investigate it.

An LAPD spokesperson tells us they do not comment on personnel matters. If substantiate, McBride said he wants any case against the assistant chief submitted to the district attorney for possible criminal prosecution.

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