Feb 25, 2013 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer
Excerpted from INFO WARS: An LAPD officer is suing the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department in Superior Court claiming he is being threatened, ostracized and slowly relieved of job responsibilities for attempting to shed light on the department’s alleged practice of buying and selling police firearms to “other officers, civilians and gun dealers.”
Officer Armando Perez, a 25-year police force veteran, claims he initially discovered the profitable gun-running operation during a 2010 audit of the Metropolitan Division’s inventory in which he learned “that both officers within the unit and civilians were purchasing special LAPD SWAT-stamped Kimber firearms intended for official use,” according to the complaint.
“The allegations, if true, could be a violation of federal firearm laws and city ethics regulations,” reported the L.A. Times in August 2012.
An excerpt from the complaint, available through Courthouse News, states:
“In or around May 2010, plaintiff initiated a detailed audit of Metro’s inventory of firearms. While performing the weapons audit, plaintiff learned that both officers within the unit and civilians were purchasing special LAPD SWAT-stamped Kimber firearms intended for official use. Plaintiff also discovered that the officers within the unit were possibly reselling these Kimber firearms for large profits to people outside of Metro SWAT – to LAPD officers of various ranks, including captains, plaintiff’s own commanding officer, Captain John Incontro, and to non-LAPD civilian personnel.”
The complaint also alleges that the firearms were being sold to various gun dealers at discounted prices:
“Plaintiff also discovered that the officers, unbeknownst to Kimber (the manufacturer), were allowing Cinema Weaponry to purchase these pistols at discounted price, and were allowing Lucas Ranch Gun Sales to facilitate the transfer of the pistols from Kimber to the officers. Plaintiff also discovered records indicating that Officer James Quinlan and other officers were facilitating the sales of the Kimber firearms to these other non-Metro LAPD officers, non-LAPD civilians, and gun dealers.”