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LAPD Corruption Probe Grows to 7 Shootings New Allegations Police In a briefing for officers lieutenant also says a sergeant gave instructions to plant guns on suspects Stealing drugs and using prostitutes to sell them are suspected By MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER Times Staff Writers The corruption probe into the Los Angeles Police Departments Rampart station is significantly larger than police officials have publicly acknowledged with investigators examining at least seven questionable shootings Moreover investigators believe that a sergeant with the stations anti-gang unit instructed officers under his command to plant guns on unarmed suspects The sergeant who has since been relieved of duty was quarterbacking the whole thing according to Lt Dan Hoffman a robbery-homicide supervisor in charge of investigations of officer-involved shootings Not only did the sergeant allegedly condone the cover-ups Hoffman said he also actively participated helping to stage fictitious crime scenes such as the one at which a 19-year-old unarmed man was shot by police in October 1996 In that case Javier Francisco Ovando was disabled framed and falsely imprisoned In a briefing Thursday addressed to a group of specialized-unit LAPD officers which The Times also attended Hoffman--who did not know a reporter was present--said the department now believes Rampart officers stole drugs from dealers and then used street prostitutes to sell the narcotics for their own profit He said the officers who belonged to a so-called CRASH unit operated like the gangs they were supposed to police The officers also kept an apartment near the station where they had sexual liaisons with the prostitutes Hoffman said Sources told The Times that some Rampart officers went to the apartment while they were on duty to have sex with their girlfriends The girlfriend of one married officer said in an interview that she had sexual relations with the officer on several occasions at the apartment while he was on duty Some police sources have described the one-bedroom apartment
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