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LAPD Fires Detective Who Made Racially Charged Recording

Frank Lyga made racially insensitive remarks in a recording played at the police academy

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    Frank Lyga has been assigned to home.

    A veteran Los Angeles Police Department detective who once fatally shot a fellow officer and was heard on a recording making light of the killing has been fired, his attorney said Wednesday.

    Frank Lyga was released from duty, his attorney Ira Salzman said, after Chief Charlie Beck signed a termination order Tuesday.

    "We were not given an opportunity to appeal the termination," Salzman told NBC4.

    The detective "is no longer an LAPD employee," Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Associated Press.

    LAPD Detective Under Fire for Racially Charged Recording

    [LA] LAPD Detective Under Fire for Racially Charged Recording
    Frank Lyga, an LAPD detective under fire after he was heard on a recording speaking vulgarly at the police academy and seemingly making light of a killing, has been assigned to home, a department spokesman said Thursday. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
    (Published Friday, June 27, 2014)

    Lyga had been assigned to home in June after the recording surfaced.

    In the recording, Lyga, who as an undercover narcotics detective in 1997 fatally shot a black LAPD officer who was off duty, can be heard saying, "I could have killed a whole truckload of them and would have happily done that."

    Lyga apologized, saying,"I can't talk about this. My only comment is: I made some inappropriate comments. I regret what I said. I embarrassed myself and my department and for that I am sorry."

    The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, did comment Wednesday on Lyga's release from duty.

    It previously defended Lyga in a statement, saying, "When one listens to the tape in context, it is clear that Detective Lyga was not celebrating the killing of anybody," the statement said. "Although we do not support the denigration of any person, or group of persons, if there is a news interest here, it is far larger than improper remarks by a detective who 17 years later is still being asked about an experience he lived through that would deeply affect any of us."

    Seventeen years ago, while working undercover, Lyga shot to death an off-duty officer, Kevin Gaines. The LAPD concluded it was a road-rage situation and that Gaines had threatened Lyga.

    Ex-LAPD Chief, Civil Rights Attorney Respond to Controversial Recording

    [LA] Ex-LAPD Chief, Civil Rights Attorney Respond to Controversial Recording
    Ex-LAPD Chief Bernard Parks and veteran Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice comment on the tape released of veteran detective Frank Lyga making controversial comments. Patrick Healy reports from Pasadena for the NBC4 News at 6 on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
    (Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014)

    Jason Kandel and Beverly White contributed to this report.

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