The DA Is Reviewing Hundreds of Cases After a Former LAPD Detective’s Racist Rant

A video of the disturbing interaction went viral this week

A white, recently retired LAPD detective was captured on video spewing a barrage of racist slurs at a young Black man, triggering the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to review 370 cases that involved the former cop.

In the disturbing footage, which was shared widely on social media this week, onetime Central Bureau detective John Motto shouts, “Go back in your little cage until the monkey controller gets here” and calls the Black motorist a “dumb n****r” after a minor fender bender in Valencia.

In a series of tweets late Tuesday, the LAPD announced, “The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has announced they will be reviewing 370 cases handled by the retired LAPD detective. The Department has pledged full cooperation with the process… What is seen in the video is not reflective of the thousands of hard working and dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

The department hasn’t referred to Motto by name, saying only, “The individual is not a current member of the LAPD and retired in May 2020 as a detective assigned to Operations Central Bureau Homicide.”

LAPD is also looking into the matter itself, to “ensure there is no current Department nexus to this incident, there has been an internal investigation started.”

Although the LAPD hasn’t released the individual’s name, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed to L.A. Taco that the retired detective whose cases were being reviewed is in fact Motto.

L.A. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement, “The video in question is disturbing & involves a former homicide detective exhibiting racist tendencies. @LADAOffice is taking immediate action & has identified several cases where this individual was a witness. We are in the process of notifying defense attorneys in such cases.”

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