A disturbing incident involving a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer and the body of a dead woman was caught on the officer's body cam.
Thursday, the LAPD officer accused of touching a dead woman's breast while on duty in November has been charged with a felony count of sexual contact.
David Rojas, 27, is a four-year veteran of the department.
The incident allegedly occurred while he was investigating a fatal overdose.
A review of body cam footage showed two downtown Central Division officers responding to the discovery of a woman's body in an apartment. One officer returned to the patrol car, but the other allegedly turned off his body cam and then reportedly fondled the dead woman's breasts. The cameras two-minute buffer function caught the images, that LAPD Assistant Chief Robert Arcos calls very troubling.
“We immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident,” chief spokesman Josh Rubenstein told The Los Angeles Times, “and we assigned the officer to home.” He declined to comment further.
Directors of the L.A. Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file police officers, said at the time of the incident that they would refuse to represent the officer.
"We will absolutely not defend this individual in any criminal proceeding," Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a press conference Wednesday.
The officer was placed on leave while an administrative review and check of his past work history was underway.
Police Chief Michael Moore says: "This incident is extremely disturbing.. and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department"