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LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

Today's arrest is the latest installment in a scandal that began last week, when members of the cadet program were first suspected of having stolen and crashed several police cruisers.

Their relationship took place outside the 77th Street Division station where the 10-year veteran worked.

A swarm of LAPD officers arrived at Cain's home Thursday to execute a search warrant and warned residents there may have been explosives inside the home, according to the neighbor, who said Cain lived there with his mother.

Cain is free on bail, but it was unclear whether he had an attorney. He also had no significant discipline history record of use-of-force.

Los Angeles police officer Liliana Preciado sets up a display board showing an images of officer Robert Cain in preparation for a news conference Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Los Angeles.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck personally slapped the cuffs on 31-year old Robert Cain. Investigators uncovered text messages between Cain and the 15-year-old that suggested "inappropriate behavior", and also revealed Cain probably knew the cadets were stealing cruisers and equipment, Beck said.

When Beck learned of the alleged criminal conduct involving Cain, he said he made the decision to make the arrest himself.

An LAPD supervisor doing inventory discovered that a squad auto was missing from the 77th Street station June 14, and the investigation quickly identified a female cadet caught on camera driving it off the lot, Beck said last week.

The cadet program has more than 2,300 active participants, and Beck continued to express support for the program.

"I find the actions of Cain, if they are proven, to be despicable", Beck said at a press conference on Thursday. "The charges against this officer are deeply disturbing, and I have been assured he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

Beck has already ordered a "top-to-bottom" review of the cadet program and suspended the initiative at the 77th Street and Pacific divisions, but Englander said Friday his motion would invite public input and discussion about issues facing the program. "If these disgusting allegations are true, we applaud the department for taking swift action to arrest this individual for this vile crime".

Investigators said the teens used the name of a vacationing sergeant to sign out the vehicles - as well as stun guns and radios.

"Even though we are very disappointed and unsatisfied with what happened over the last week, I realize the value of the program and that it is an important way for many young people in Los Angeles to increase their chance for success in later years, even if they don't become police officers, and actually most don't, but I think it prepares for life like so many quality youth programs do", Beck said. "I hope the media attend so they can see the other 2,200 cadets who so well serve this city".


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