Los Angeles News
LAPD cop caught hacking info for gang member
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck spoke out publicly for the first time since the resignation of a rookie officer accused of accessing a law-enforcement database on behalf of a murder convict and reputed gang member.
The L.A. Times reported the officer was dating the gang member's sister.
Gabriel Morales, 25, resigned in September when internal affairs investigators searched his home. They reportedly found information on two witnesses in the murder trial of 18-year-old Matthew Turner.
"The trust of the community, the trust of the residents of this city is paramount to the Los Angeles Police Department," said Beck Monday. "When someone violates that trust, they can no longer be a Los Angeles police officer."
Beck said if Morales had not resigned, he would have been fired.
The L.A. District Attorney's office will decide whether to file criminal charges against Morales.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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