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Los Angeles, CA — The mother of a Los Angeles police officer came forward in June alleging that her son 32-year-old officer Houston Tipping, was beaten to death by fellow cops during department training in May. Tipping was playing the role of a civilian and was beaten by fellow officers and suffered fatal head and neck injuries.

This week, a lawyer hired by Tipping's mother has come forward with damning evidence in the case. On Monday, the attorney claimed that one of the officers involved in beating Tipping to death was under investigation for an alleged gang rape that took place in July 2021.

According to Fox 11, the attorney claims "Tipping was beaten to death by other officers in the training drill," and that "Tipping was the officer who wrote the report of the alleged sexual assault."

“Our investigation has uncovered claims that one of the officers accused of sexual assault was at the training where officer Houston Tipping eventually died,” attorney Bradley Gage said at a press conference on Monday. “We have a witness that claimed that this occurred. We have documents that claim this occurred. And we also know from his family that officer Tipping, after spending a few years happy at LAPD, following these events, was searching for a job outside of the LAPD. [They say] he did not say why, but he clearly was distraught over something.”

Shirley Huffman, Tipping's mother filed a notice of claim against the city in June as part of a wrongful death lawsuit. Her son suffered a massive spinal cord injury during the event on May 26 and died three days later.

“Chief Moore stated that Officer Tipping impressed his peers with a ‘willingness to go the extra mile to make the world a better place,’” her claim stated. “Yet, that wasn’t enough to avoid other officers paralyzing him and eventually killing him in violation of law, and his civil rights.”

Huffman stated in her lawsuit that the training exercise “had already been questioned” before her son was killed as other officers had previously suffered injuries during the training. Given the previously known injuries, it's entirely possible these training exercises were used as a means for officers to dole out punishments to fellow officers who stepped out of line.

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In a statement after Tipping's death, police claimed that Tipping was injured while "grappling" with another officer in a tragic "accident."

At the time of the accident Officer Tipping was a bike instructor engaged in a training scenario involving grappling with another officer. During the scenario Officer Tipping fell to the floor and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Officers immediately began CPR and summoned a LA Fire rescue who transported Officer Tipping to USCMC.

This is a point with which Huffman disagrees. Huffman alleged her son was “repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled,” and that the beating resulted in injuries requiring stitches. He also suffered multiple breaks in his neck, which caused his death, the claim said, according to the LA Times.

Gage said Tipping suffered injuries to two parts of his head and to four vertebrae.

“When you look at all these horrific injuries, the truth is something went seriously wrong here,” he said. “I can not fathom anything other than a severe beating. This raises a number of questions that the family would like to have answered.”

As we have frequently pointed out, police in Los Angeles are notoriously corrupt and while this case may be unrelated, rogue cops in precinct gangs have doled out violent punishments like this one before. As TFTP reported, many whistleblowers have come forward with allegations that gang members — who are also cops — control different precincts in the county.

In July of 2019, the FBI was investigating the East LA branch of the LA County Sheriff’s Department whereby Bandito gang members had full control of “station operations”. The report states the Bandito gang member/police officers “put others' lives at risk by not sending backup to help on dangerous calls, enforced illegal arrest quotas and carried out other forms of harassment”.

The culmination of scandals resulted in several deputies claiming they were beaten, choked and nearly killed by fellow officers who were also tattoo-wearing members of the Bandito gang.