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Video of Ex-LAPD Cop John Motto Using Racist Slurs Prompts Review of Hundreds of Cases

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An investigation has been launched after a former Los Angeles Police Department detective was filmed using racial slurs following an apparent car accident.

The clip, which is being widely shared on social media, was recorded in Valencia, California. The footage shows the former detective, identified as John Motto, arguing with a Black male by the side of the road.

During the altercation Motto is heard telling the other driver: “Go back into your little cage until the monkey controller gets here.”

When the black man later asks a group of bystanders if they heard Motto call him the n-word. Motto states, “No, he started the n****r thing because he is the dumb n****r.”

The LAPD confirmed the person in the video was a former employee without identifying him.

While no disciplinary action can be taken, the LAPD said there are assisting the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office as they review 370 cases handled by the retired detective.

Officer Drake Madison, with the LAPD Media Relations Division, later confirmed to the L.A. Taco that the man in question is Motto, who retired in May 2020 as a detective assigned to Operations Central Bureau Homicide.

“As a former employee, he is no longer subject to disciplinary action by the department.” Madison told L.A. TACO. “The LAPD has no disciplinary authority over his conduct.”

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon condemned the “disturbing” video involving a former homicide detective “exhibiting racist tendencies.”

Gascon added the DA’s office is “taking immediate action” and has identified several cases where this individual was a witness.

“We are in the process of notifying defense attorneys in such cases,” Gascon said.

In a statement, the LAPD said: “It has come to the Department’s attention that there is a video posted on social media of a retired LAPD detective. The individual in the video uses a racial slur while engaged in an argument.

“The individual is not a current member of the LAPD and retired in May 2020 as a detective assigned to Operations Central Bureau Homicide. 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 Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has announced they will be reviewing 370 cases handled by the retired LAPD detective. The Department has pledged full cooperation with the process.”

The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office has been contacted for further comment.

The sign for the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Station February 2, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA. An investigation has been launched after a former LAPD detective was filmed using racial slurs.
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