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Fallen LAPD officer honored in somber memorial [Updated]

April 13, 2010 | 12:27 pm

A somber memorial on Tuesday morning snaked its way through downtown Los Angeles, as thousands honored LAPD Officer Robert J. Cottle, killed March 24 in Afghanistan while on Marine Reserve duty.

[For the record: An earlier version of this post said the memorial was on Wednesday.]

During a private service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles, Cottle was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Cottle's casket, covered in an American flag, was carried in a wagon by horseback from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters to the cathedral, with a group of law enforcement officers walking alongside and to the back, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Onlookers lined some street corners, watching as the procession passed by.

Cottle, 45, was traveling with three other Marines in the Marja region of the country, which has been the focus of an intense U.S.-led offensive against Taliban forces in recent weeks.

Their armored vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, killing Cottle and another Marine and seriously wounding the two others, said LAPD Capt. John Incontro, who oversees SWAT operations.

The procession significant jammed traffic in downtown Los Angeles, as several major streets, including Main, Spring and Temple, were closed.

Many bus lines were rerouted. The closure caused major backups into downtown L.A. Tuesday morning, with some commuters reporting delays of up to 50 minutes getting into the civic center area.

Some of the traffic closures will continue through 2 p.m.

Here are details about the memorial:


The funeral procession will start at the new LAPD headquarters and end at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Portions of 1st Street, Broadway, Spring Street, Temple Street, Hill Street, and Grand Avenue will be closed as early as 6 a.m., according to the LAPD.


Metro bus service in downtown Los Angeles will be affected. A funeral procession will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Police Administration Building, located at 100 W. 1st St., and will proceed to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 555 W. Temple St. Numerous Metro bus lines in the Civic Center area will be detoured from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time bus service will return to its regular schedules. Metro bus lines affected by the detours will include: 2, 4, 10, 14, 30, 31, 37, 40, 42, 42A, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 302, 333, 355, 439, 445, 485, 487, 489, 714, 730, 740, 745, 770, 794 and Silver Line, according to the L.A. Department of Transportation.

-- Shelby Grad


California's War Dead database: Read more than 100 memories shared by Cottle's friends and family on his memorial page. Share your own memories and learn more about his life and the lives of more than 580 other men and women from California who have died while supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Photos: Emily Cottle, wife of LAPD Officer Robert J. Cottle, carries their 9-month-old daughter, Kaila Jane, as she, family members and LAPD officers, pictured at top, walk behind his casket, pictured at right. Credits: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times