Here is a list of LA Officers who are arrested for committing crimes. This list can help to show that an arresting officer is a bad person and/or convince the prosecution to reduce or dismiss criminal charges against you. The primary focus of this post is on officers working in Los Angeles County; however, this list included police officers from nearby counties.
Under Brady, Prosecutors are now required to notify Defendants any of the police officers are involved in their case. If these officers were involved in investigating your case, you can request that the Court reopens your case and offer a dismissal of your case. Not all of the listed Los Angeles Police Officers are involved in the Los Angeles DUI investigation. This list is updated as information becomes available and if in fact one of the officers is involved in your case, your DUI Lawyer Los Angeles or your Criminal Defense Attorney Los Angeles to help him win your Los Angeles Criminal or DUI case.
- LA County sheriff’s deputy Alejandro Flores, 34, was sentenced in Orange County to one year of jail, five years of probation, community service, and domestic violence classes after he was convicted of breaking his girlfriend’s nose and setting her hair on fire.
- LAPD narcotics officers Luis Valenzuela (43) and James C. Nichols (44) were convicted of repeated rapes and sexual assaults of women while being on duty. The accused Los Angeles Police officers threatened their victims with arrest in case of refusal to their demands. They coerced their female informants to agree to have sex with the officers while working in the narcotics department. Both men face dozens of felony charges based on conduct from 2008 to 2011. Valenzuela is also accused of assault on a woman after his case was reopened by LAPD in 2014.
- LAUSD officer Mauricio Edgardo Estrada (28) is accused of attempted child sex trafficking. He is accused of exchanging photos and text messages with an undercover agent on Craig List. LAUSD officer Mauricio Edgardo Estrada believed that he was communicating with a 15-year-old. Estrada was placed on administrative leave after the arrest. He faces a minimum of 10 years of prison if convicted. LAUSD is conducting an internal investigation.
- LAPD officer Richard Garcia is accused of assaulting a black man during an arrest. The tape from the road camera showed how Garcia severely hit the victim during the arrest. The case was quietly shut down in 2014 by the government, but it was reopened due to social resonance. Half a year after the arrest, it was announced that Garcia will face charges of felony assault under the color of authority. In 2017 Garcia plead guilty to felony assault under the color of authority and was ordered to complete 300 hours of community work, stay away from the victim, pay fines, and obey all laws and orders of the court. If he violates any of these terms, he can be sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail.
- LAPD officer Henry Solis (28) was charged with the fatal shooting of a man in a bar fight in Pomona in 2015. After an argument in a bar, he pursued the victim and shot him several times. Solis was arrested in Mexico after Solis’ father walked his son from the United States to Mexico to hide him from the authorities. Former police officer Henry Solis faced a sentence of life in prison for second-degree murder, and his father, Victor Solis, faces a separate criminal case of making false statements to police. In 2020 Henry Solis was sentenced to 40 years to life for murder.
- LAPD officer Abel Montes De Oca was arrested on the suspicion of sending «harmful» text messages to a juvenile. According to LAPD, he was arrested after an internal investigation. De Oca worked in the LAPD Cadet Program, a juvenile development program where LAPD officers supervise juvenile students. He was charged with 2 misdemeanor charges after LAPD uncovered an attempt by Officer Abel Montes De Oca to establish an inappropriate relationship with a 16 years old girl.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Carlos Canjura of Van Nuys (54) was arrested on August 9, 2016, on federal charges. He was accused of stealing mail from the International Mail Facility in Torrance and accused of depositing checks obtained from the stolen mail. The indictment against Officer Carlos Canjura charged him with 4 counts of bank fraud and 4 counts of possession of stolen mail. In 2017 Office Carlos Canjura was sentenced to 37 months of federal prison. The case was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- FULLERTON PD Officer Kelly Mejia – who on May 2, 2011, was arrested at Miami International Airport after stealing iPad from another passenger at a TSA security checkpoint.
- LAPD Officer Robert Yanez of Riverside – plead guilty to misdemeanor worker’s compensation fraud after altering a doctor’s note to permit him not to go back to work after being ordered to do so by a doctor. He was able to receive disability from the city for the period of the fraud, April through July of 2009.
- LAPD Officer Joseph Caseres (LAPD Veteran of 22 years) was arrested on 7/10/11 on suspicion of prescription fraud. This officer was arrested by LAPD Special Operation Division, Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit.
- LAPD Detective Ramon Alvarez (LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division) fellow detectives believed Alvarez took money – which was found in his car. Arrested for Grand Theft. (KTLA of January 28, 2012).
- LAPD Officer Craig Eugene Allen (39) and LAPD Officer Phillip Anthony Walters (56) were charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney with perjury and filing false police reports. One of these officers is fired and another faces administrative hearings and can be terminated. The charges are based on September 4, 2010, Los Angeles DUI arrest by those two officers who were called to help with a DUI investigation after a traffic stop by another officer. In their police report, Allen and Walters lied and said that they observed the driver failing to stop at a stop sign and that they made the traffic stop. To cover up their lie, Walters testified under oath at a DMV hearing in February of 2011 – hence perjuring himself. (The arraignment of those two officers was in Department 30 of the CCB court on or around July 26, 2012).
- Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Kenneth Alexander (46), pleaded no contest on August 10, 2012, to oral copulation with a girl under 18. He met her during the investigation when he responded to her home in or around Marina Del Ray. He maintained a relationship with her for several months.
- CHP Officer Morgan McGrew, in 2020, 14 years veteran, was terminated from the CHP for harassment of 21 women. Officer McGrew would make inappropriate comments and sexual advances to female drivers who came to the CHP for VIN verifications. Officer McGrew worked at West Valley California Highway Patrol Office. Los Angles District Attorney declined to file charges against this officer.
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