Two Long Beach police officers arrested on suspicion of making a false report

Two Long Beach police officers arrested on suspicion of making a false report

Two Long Beach police officers have been charged with felony after investigating an allegedly falsified police report, officials confirmed Friday night.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, 28-year-old David Mariano Salcedo and 38-year-old Dedier Reyes face one count of filing a false police report and one charge of filing a false government document. Reyes also faces one perjury charge.

“We have high standards and expectations for every employee,” Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said in a statement. “When the actions of an individual employee undermine the values ​​of our organization and the public trust that we have all worked so hard to cultivate, we must all be held accountable.”

The investigation into the Salcedo and Reyes case began in February 2018 after detectives discovered inconsistencies in police reports and surveillance videos related to the firearm arrest, police said.

“During the inspection, the detectives learned that the actions of the police officers did not correspond to their written reports,” the police said. “The detainee was immediately released and no charges were brought against him.”

Police did not specify what the discrepancies were, and an agency representative could not be contacted on Friday evening for clarification.

After detectives reported their findings, the department began an investigation into the actions of the two officers, which ended in January 2019, police said. Then the detectives referred the case to the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office.

On Friday, they learned that prosecutors had issued arrest warrants for both officers, police said.

Police said Salcedo and Reyes voluntarily surrendered into custody. Salcedo’s bail was set at $ 1 and Reyes’ bail was set at $ 2.

Both men were released on recognizance not to leave, according to inmates from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to police, Salcedo spent five years in the Long Beach Department, while Reyes spent 16 years. Both were last assigned to the Southern Patrol Division.

Police officers were removed from office pending the completion of an internal investigation, police said.

The Office is reviewing the previous reports and arrests of each officer and said it will continue to share relevant information and findings with prosecutors.

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