Two security officers from Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore are under investigation after a man was detained on the streets of France during an overseas trip by LAPD commanders last month, police told The Times.
The group traveled overseas to meet with French counterparts about security preparations for the Summer Olympics, which are scheduled in Paris and other French cities in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. The arrest took place in Marseille after the wife of a senior LAPD commander mistakenly claimed her cell phone was stolen by a man who crashed into her on the street, officials said.
The “regrettable incident” police officers described it led to a man and other people with whom he was with complaints about their treatment, which were referred to the local police, and Moore apologized to French and American officials in Mediterranean port city.
It also prompted an LAPD internal investigation, initiated by Moore, that “will look into the circumstances of the incident” and the actions of two security officers, said Captain Stacy Spell, a Los Angeles police spokesman.
The officers are not named.
The trip to France November 13-20 included representatives from the LA2028 Olympic Planning Committee and LAPD officials involved in the planning of the Olympic Games, including Moore and Asta. Chief Robert Marino, who leads the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Operations.
Moore’s wife and wife Marino accompanied the group, paying their way, officials said. They did not attend official meetings.
At around 11:30 pm on November 17, Moore, Marino and their wives, two security officers on duty Moore and the French National Police attaché were leaving a restaurant in Marseille when a man collided with Marino’s wife on the road. – said the Los Angeles police.
Officials said Marino’s wife believed her phone had been stolen, prompting a member of Moore’s group to follow the man and others on the street and stop him.
Both Moore’s squad and the French police attaché then determined that the men “did not steal any property and no other property was lost,” the LAPD said, and the French police attaché accepted complaints from the men about their detention.
Los Angeles Police said they had notified the US Consulate and local police about the incident.
Officials said Moore was with the group leaving the restaurant, but was not “present” at the time of the arrest – suggesting that the detail left Moore to detain people. The details are usually meant to be retained by their superiors. Marino has no security.
Police officers are generally not allowed to make arrests in foreign countries.
The day after the incident, Moore notified the LAPD’s Bureau of Professional Standards of what had happened, and “an investigation into a complaint by administrative personnel was initiated against the officers who made the initial arrest,” the LAPD said.
Moore also “apologized for the unfortunate incident” to Marseille officials and the US Consul General during a previously scheduled meeting with them regarding the scheduling of the Olympics and told them that he had initiated an investigation into the complaint, according to the LAPD.
The Los Angeles Police Commission, which oversees police spending, approved Moore’s trip to France, as well as $ 2,475 for Moore’s airfare and accommodation costs.
A memo presented to the commission requesting travel authorization said Moore had been invited by the organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics and intended to meet with officials from the French Ministry of the Interior and several French police forces “to develop organizational security plans.” ahead of two upcoming summer games.
“The exchange of information will include: transportation and accommodation for both athletes / coaches and tourists; facility security, incident management and coordination between local, state, federal and international agencies, and emergency response planning and procedures, ”the memo says.
Los Angeles police said Moore’s group traveled to Paris, Marseille and Nice as part of the trip. Each city is slated to host multiple games in 2024, including sailing in Marseille.
Richard Tefank, executive director of the police commission, said no other expenses related to the trip to France had been reported by the commission as of Wednesday, but he expects documents to be submitted in the coming weeks requesting reimbursement of additional costs.
Tefank said that while the commission approves the travel expenses of Chief Moore, it is Moore who approves the travel expenses of other members of the department.