A photo posted to facebook shows an off-duty LAPD officer allegedly brandishing a pistol while driving on the eastbound 60 Freeway, east of downtown Los Angeles.
The photo was taken Thursday and then posted to the ABC 7 facebook page.
The LAPD has confirmed that the woman in the photo, holding the pistol, is in fact an LAPD officer. They assure us that the there is an Internal Affairs investigation now in progress.
Photoshop is a popular program and had this been a picture of the Dalai Lama, it would be hard to believe. However, cops have been known to brandish weapons in public, plenty of times.
In May a road raging ATF agent pulled a gun on a motorist during a hissy fit on a Minneapolis freeway.
In April, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office homicide detective, Thomas Pettis, pulled a gun after an accident and told the man that HE rear-ended that he was “going to fucking kill him.”
In December of last year, Tuscon Police Officer, Kyle James McCartin was given zero punishment for donning body armor and a pistol and drunkenly assaulting a gas station attendant.
Or how about Forsyth County police officer, Scott Biumi, who pulled a gun on a teenager in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s for taking too long to order.
The bottom line is that cops are known to assault people with deadly weapons, both on and off-duty, so the odds of this picture being photoshopped are slim to none.