LAPD chief’s security official under investigation for detaining man in France accused of stealing phone
Two members of the security team of Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore are under investigation after arresting a man wrongly accused of stealing his phone from the wife of a commander of the LAPD in Marseille, France.
The extraordinary case of “not in your jurisdiction” arose on November 17, during a week-long trip abroad in which members of the LAPD’s senior leadership met their French counterparts to discuss preparations for security for the next Olympic Games in Paris (2024) and LA (2028).
Several wives of the commanders accompanied them on the trip, including that of Deputy Chief Robert Marino, who wrongly accused a man of stealing his phone after passing each other on the streets of the Mediterranean port city.
Security officers arrested the unsuspecting man while in a foreign country without any evidence to suggest he had committed the crime.
Chief Moore has apologized “for the unfortunate incident” to French and US officials in Marseille and ordered an internal investigation into the circumstances of the incident.
The two police officers who made the arrest have not yet been named.
The police do not have the power to make arrests on foreign soil, except in exceptional circumstances with the authorization of the host country.
LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore apologized to French and US authorities after two members of his security team falsely arrested a man they suspected of stealing a phone from the LAPD’s wife. deputy head of the LAPD.
Security officers arrested the unsuspecting man on the streets of Marseille, southern France (pictured) while in a foreign country with no evidence to suggest he had committed the crime.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. local time on November 17, when Moore, Marino and their wives were walking out of a restaurant accompanied by two security officers and a representative of the French National Police.
A statement issued by the LAPD obtained by the Los Angeles Times claimed that a man met Marino’s wife on the street as they were leaving the premises.
Marino’s wife suddenly realized she was missing her phone and quickly accused the man who had just passed her of picking her up in the middle of the distraction.
The LAPD security team chased the man – who was with a group of friends – and arrested him on suspicion of stealing the phone, only to find that he “hadn’t. stole any property and that there was no other property missing â.
The innocent lodged a complaint with the French police following the incident, which quickly informed the American consulate.
Deputy chef Robert Marino was accompanied to Marseille by his wife, who wrongly accused a man of stealing his phone after passing each other in the streets of the Mediterranean port city.
LAPD officials said Moore was with the group leaving the restaurant but was not “present” during the detention – suggesting the detail let Moore detain the individuals in violation of their duty to remain with their managers.
Deputy Chief Marino had no security element.
Officials then confirmed that Moore informed the LAPD’s Office of Professional Standards of the incident the next day and that “an investigation into a complaint by administrative staff was opened against the officers who carried out the initial detention.”
Moore then apologized to French police and US consulate officials for the unauthorized detention of an individual on French soil, and assured them that an investigation would be opened into the conduct of the security guards.
The Los Angeles Police Commission, which oversees police spending, had approved Moore’s trip to France as well as $ 2,475 in costs for Moore’s plane ticket and lodging.
The construction of the future Olympic village in the UniverSeine district, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, is pictured on November 15, 2021.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left) shakes hands with French MP Jean-Christophe Lagarde (center) during a presentation of development projects for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in the suburbs of Paris on November 15, 2021 The Prime Minister’s visit to the site coincided with the visit of the LAPD to discuss the security of the Olympic Games in Paris and LA in 2024 and 2028
Several senior LAPD members who attended the week-long security tour, which visited Paris, Nice and Marseille between November 13 and 20, were accompanied by their wives, but the LAPD said the spouses had paid their own expenses and had not attended any official security meetings.
Although the 2024 Summer Olympics are officially hosted in Paris, some events will take place in Nice and Marseille, due to the warm weather and ideal conditions for sailing and other sports.
Construction of the Olympic Village and some of the sports venues is currently underway, with French Prime Minister Jean Castex visiting a construction site in Paris during the LAPD trip.