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Alleged slur by retired LAPD detective triggers cases review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County district attorney will review cases involving a retired Los Angeles police homicide detective who allegedly used a racial slur during a roadside argument with a Black motorist after a traffic accident.

The issue surfaced Tuesday after a video of the argument last weekend in suburban Valencia was posted on social media.

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it will cooperate in the review of 370 cases.

The department did not identify the former detective but said he retired in May 2020.

“To ensure there is no current Department nexus to this incident, there has been an internal investigation started. What is seen in the video is not reflective of the thousands of hard working and dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department,” the statement said.

The Los Angeles Time s reported that in the video the retired detective can be heard telling the young man, “Oh, but you can say (racial slur) and I can’t?”

A woman with the retired detective told the man to return to his car and the former detective yelled, “Go back into your little cage until the monkey controller gets here.”

District Attorney George Gascón said defense attorneys in the cases under review were being notified.

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