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LAPD RAPE COPS

Only a few caught among the many rapists in the LAPD:

    • Gariner Beasley*
    • Russell Mecano
    • Michael Brambles
    • Leigh B. Schroyer
    • Michael Casados
    • Luis Valenzuela**
    • Jose Jesus Perez
    • James Nichols
    • Joseph Evan Robinson

LAPD officers who have been ordered by the courts to register as sex offenders in more recent years:

  • Russell Mecano
  • Ralph Cameron Lakin
  • John Robert Deegan
  • Albert William Cunningham
  • Miguel Schiappapietra
  • George Julian Stan

At least two more names from LAPD’s Olympic Division in Koreatown are expected to be added to this list soon.

In 1994, LAPD officer Stanley Tanabe was convicted of sexual battery against a 13-year-old girl whose family apartment he had twice illegally entered under color of authority.

In 1997, LAPD sergeant David Louis Navarro was sentenced to 36 days in jail and given probation for fondling several underage girls under color of authority.

In 2014, LAPD detective Oris Pace was arrested and charged with five felony counts of assault by a public officer and six counts of sexual battery by restraint. He was found to have beaten at least three women and forced them to undress so he could sexually gratify himself under color of authority.


*Gariner Beasley’s first name had been misspelled in court records as Garnier.

**Luis Valenzuela had been reassigned to Olympic Division in Koreatown after complaints were filed against him in Hollywood Division.


From the affidavit in the James Nichols – Luis Valenzuela case:

The driver officer then got out of the vehicle and sat in the rear seat adjacent to the victim… The passenger officer then got into the driver’s seat and drove them for a short distance to an unknown location. The officer seated next to her… “unzipped his pants and forced her head down towards his lap and physically held her head down and forced her to orally copulate him. After some time, he then told her to get out of the car.”

The passenger officer was white. The driver officer was Hispanic.

Victim of LAPD Rape Agrees to Settlement

Westlake resident Tammy Kim has agreed to settle her rape case against the city and the Los Angeles Police Department for $575,000.

She filed her original lawsuit in January 2013. The suit was subsequently moved to federal court. Her lawyer Donald Cook says the settlement deal was reached Monday but still needs City Council approval.

Ms. Kim alleged in her lawsuit that Officers Luis Valenzuela and Jim Nichols preyed on her because she had a criminal record. They kept threatening to send her back to jail unless she had sex with them.

Her allegations gained credence when it was leaked that three other women had filed similar complaints against Valenzuela and Nichols, as early as 2010. LAPD had not moved on those allegations until Kim filed her lawsuit.

The settlement comes out of taxpayers’ coffers. LAPD says the two officers will be “disciplined” though locals have long lost hope that any of the rape cops will be criminally charged.

There is still a pending police-brutality lawsuit against Nichols, which was filed by bank executive Brian Mulligan. Nichols and Valenzuela previously worked as partners in Hollywood Division, until Nichols was transferred to Northeast Division and Valenzuela to Koreatown’s Olympic Division.


From the affidavit in another James Nichols – Luis Valenzuela incident:

The driver officer then got out of the vehicle and sat in the rear seat adjacent to [the victim]… The passenger officer then got into the driver’s seat and drove them for a short distance to an unknown location. The officer seated next to her… “unzipped his pants and forced [her] head down towards his lap and physically held her head down and forced her to orally copulate him. After some time, he then told her to get out of the car.”

The passenger officer was white. The driver officer was Hispanic.


UPDATE: City Council signed off on the settlement on January 15, 2014.