The LAPD Internal Affairs Group is investigating why a police officer turned away a woman who admitted she drove the man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle to and from the scene of the crime.
On April 2, two days after Eric Holder allegedly gunned down Hussle in front of his clothing store in a Hyde Park strip mall, a woman who had been dating Holder for a month at the time approached a desk officer at the 77th Street station because she had seen her car featured in news reports about the slaying. But, according to a grand jury transcript obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the officer brushed her off.
“One of the police officers is like, ‘Well, don’t worry about it,’ you know, ‘Don’t listen to the news,’” the woman—known as “Witness 1” to protect her safety—testified. “My mom said, ‘Well, she needs to talk to somebody.’ But he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ So we just left.”
Later that day, Witness 1 reached detectives and sat for an interview. In exchange for immunity, she testified that she drove Holder to the mall to get chili-cheese fries from a burger shop, where he saw Hussle talking to fans. Holder approached Hussle, and when the witness followed to grab a selfie with the rapper, she heard Holder ask him, “Cuz, have you ever snitched?”
Holder then got his fries and told the witness to drive around the block, she said, when he pulled out a gun. “You’re not gonna do a drive-by in my car,” she told him.
Holder left the car. Moments later Witness 1 heard shots fired, she told the grand jury, adding that Holder wouldn’t discuss it when he got back in the car.
Now, investigators will interview witnesses and review body cam videos to find out what went wrong when the witness first tried to tell her story. “We want to make sure all of policies and procedures were followed,” an LAPD spokesman said.
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