LAPD Opens Internal Police Conduct Investigation in Connection With Nipsey Hussle’s Murder Case

Nipsey Hussle attends Rihanna’s 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation on September 13, 2018, in New York City.
Nipsey Hussle attends Rihanna’s 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation on September 13, 2018, in New York City.
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images for Diamond Ball)

It looks like Nipsey Hussle’s murder case has added yet another layer to its investigation.


According to AP News, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has opened an internal affairs investigation in connection with the woman who claimed to have driven suspect Eric R. Holder away from the crime scene on March 31. The investigation involves a desk officer’s conduct, who reportedly turned the woman away after she turned herself in while a manhunt was underway for the shooter.

As The Root News Writer Dara Sharif recently reported when the transcripts were initially released:

Los Angeles police have long said the fatal shooting happened after a personal dispute between Hussle and Holder, but the transcript, made public by court order, provides more details and context.

The woman Holder was dating drove him away from scene following the shooting after Holder threatened her, say prosecutors, who said they intend to have her testify against him, according to the Times. Authorities are protecting her identity due to death threats she’s received and have offered her immunity.

Per the transcript, the woman turned herself in at the 77th Street Community Police Station after noticing her car and license plate was on the news.

AP News reports:

“Oh my God,” the woman, whose name has not been released, testified that she told her mother. “My car is on here and everything, and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know this boy was gonna do this.”

Her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until 6 a.m. the next day, grand jury transcripts show.

When they arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer said “don’t worry about it” and “don’t listen to the news,” the transcript shows. The woman left the station, returning later to speak to detectives after her mother called police again.

LAPD Detective Cedric Washington testified that the woman had been turned away.

The LAPD’s Office of the Inspector General has confirmed the matter is under administrative investigation.


“While the initial indications pointed to a miscommunication, we have initiated an administrative investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed,” LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein wrote in an official statement Monday. “We will review all statements that have already been given, interview all of the individuals involved, and look for any potential body cam video that may have captured the interchange.”

Recently, at the 2019 BET Awards, Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith accepted the late rapper’s Humanitarian Award and briefly addressed her experience with a police officer at the scene of her son’s murder.


“[The officer] said, ‘The paramedics took him to California Hospital, I think’,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Will you please double-check with the paramedics to make sure so that I do not drive to the wrong location?’”

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31.

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Wow, and here I was expecting them to say they were looking into charging Nipsey for various crimes, including resisting arrest and destroying public property. Because, you know, that’s the kind of things cops like to do.

But remember, just because there’s video of some interaction, or four witnesses who say such an event occurred, doesn’t mean that’s actually how it went down. When seen from the officer’s viewpoint...