LAPD opens internal affairs inquiry in Nipsey Hussle case

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles police have opened an internal affairs investigation into why the woman who drove the getaway car in the aftermath of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s killing was sent home when she tried to turn herself in during the manhunt for the shooter.

The LAPD’s Office of the Inspector General confirmed on Monday that the Internal Affairs Group is investigating a desk officer’s response at the 77th Street station.

Captain Gisselle Espinoza, an LAPD spokeswoman, said the matter is under administrative investigation and she couldn’t release more details.

Grand jury testimony shows the woman who drove the suspect, Eric R Holder, away from the March 31 shooting had gone to the station because her car and licence plate were on the news.

“Oh my God,” the woman, whose name has not been released, testified that she told her mother. “My car is on here and everything, and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know this boy was going to do this.”

File photo shows Eric Holder, the suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court with his attorney Christopher Darden on April 4. – AP

Her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until 6am the next day, grand jury transcripts show.

When they arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer said “don’t worry about it” and “don’t listen to the news”, the transcript shows. The woman left the station, returning later to speak to detectives after her mother called police again.

LAPD Detective Cedric Washington testified that the woman had been turned away.

“That is true according to the desk officer that I spoke to about it,” Washington said.

“Okay. He apparently missed a briefing in the chief’s press conference that day, I guess,” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said.

Josh Rubenstein, an LAPD spokesman, said on Monday in an email that the internal investigation began a few days ago.

“While the initial indications pointed to a miscommunication, we have initiated an administrative investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed,” Rubenstein wrote. “We will review all statements that have already been given, interview all of the individuals involved, and look for any potential body camera video that may have captured the interchange.”