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LAPD tried to influence coroner's investigation of SWAT shooting

January 6, 2009 |  6:59 pm

The Los Angeles Police Department waged an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade coroner's officials to change their finding that a SWAT officer's bullet killed a 19-month-old girl held hostage by her father three years ago, according to records reviewed by The Times.

The intense lobbying effort, spearheaded by one of the department's highest-ranking officials, led to significant friction between the LAPD and coroner's office. It also raises questions about whether the LAPD crossed an ethical line in pushing so hard, some medical and law enforcement experts said.

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-- Joel Rubin

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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