Cops Deleted Images of Teen Knock-Down, Says Reporter
As she did, Rodda says, Lopez demanded that she stop. She did, she says, and Lopez “frisked and searched plaintiff’s purse without her consent and without probable cause to do so.”
Rodda says she did not show any signs of aggression toward Lopez, and complied with all her commands.
The complaint continues: “Officer Lopez admitted that plaintiff was compliant with her demands at all times.
“Officer Lopez then demanded to plaintiff that she was taking the video camera for ‘evidence.’
“Officer Lopez then confiscated the video camera.
“Officer Lopez took the video camera home instead of tagging it into evidence.
“Officer Lopez admitted she viewed the video in her home.
“Officer Lopez admitted she never tagged the ‘evidence’ into evidence at APD.
“Three days later, the video was returned to KOB.
“However, the video clip with the kid being thrown down in police brutality was deleted.
“An independent expert reviewed the video camera and was able to recover the deleted clip of the kid being thrown down.
“The expert determined that the clip was deleted while the camera was in Officer Lopez’s possession.
“Thus, Officer Lopez tampered with evidence.
“Officer Lopez then issued a criminal summons charging plaintiff with criminal trespass.”