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Funeral procession held in downtown L.A. for fallen police officer

April 13, 2010 |  9:03 am

The funeral procession for
LAPD Officer Robert J. Cottle, killed March 24 in Afghanistan while on Marine Reserve duty, was moving through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

COTTLE-27922-Face  Thousands were expected to pay tribute to Cottle at a service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Cottle's casket, covered in an American flag, was being 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.

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

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

Cottle, who joined the LAPD in 1990 and won a coveted SWAT position six years later, is the first active LAPD officer to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, police officials said.

A veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq, Cottle deployed to Afghanistan in August 2009 and was scheduled to return home this summer. Officers recalled a friend who stood out even in the rarefied air of SWAT for the intensity he brought to the LAPD's most demanding assignment and the care he showed for other officers who had turned him into one of the unit's leaders.

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. 

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.

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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.

Photo: Funeral procession for Robert Cottle begins down 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times

LAPD Officer Robert J. Cottle. Credit: LAPD