The notorious Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is undergoing damage control once again.
When it comes to murdered rap artists and criminal investigations, the LAPD has a history of employing questionable practices. The latest case in point is exemplified by its handling of the March 31 murder of West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Nipsey (born Ermias Asghedom) was gunned down in front of his L.A.-based Marathon Clothing store on that fateful Sunday afternoon. He was 33-years-old. Eric Holder, 29, has been charged in Nipsey’s murder. He is being held on a bond of $7 million dollars.
As Holder awaits trial inside the L.A. County Jail locked in solitary confinement, more twists and turns have emerged in this case. According to the Los Angeles Times, a desk officer with the LAPD made a critical mistake.
The origin of this latest revelation began at L.A’s 77th Street police station not long after Nipsey’s murder. The unidentified woman who was Holder’s getaway driver is the person at the center of this case’s latest developments.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the woman showed up at the 77th Street station to either turn herself in or find out why her vehicle was being plastered all over the news. However, an officer working at the station’s front desk turned her away.
“One of the police officers is like, ‘Well, don’t worry about it,’ you know, ‘Don’t listen to the news.’ My mom said, ‘Well, she needs to talk to somebody.’ But he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ So we just left,”‘ the woman testified at a Grand Jury hearing in May.
People Magazine also reported that the unidentified woman has gotten many death threats. She is very much in fear of her life and has been granted police protection. Currently, the LAPD’s Internal Affairs division is investigating the desk officer’s actions at the precinct.
Read the first volume of the Grand Jury transcripts in the case surrounding Nipsey Hussle’s death here.