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The LAPD Complaint Adjudication on Rudy Martinez

The LAPD Complaint Adjudication on the matter of Rudy Martinez's acquired police badge, discovered in 2004, describes the actions of a man who "possessed a badge he knew he wasn't authorized to have" and who "obstructed the investigators from carrying out and fulfilling their duties" in the matter.

According to the Adjudication: "Martinez, while off duty, had stopped at the scene of a traffic collision on the 134 Freeway. Martinez' black leather wallet, containing his Specialist Reserve Officer (SR) identification card and a Los Angeles Police Department "Police Officer" badge, bearing the number "8029," was subsequently found in...[a towed vehicle not belong to Martinez] Crescenta Valley Towing Company."

It also states that Martinez's resignation letter claims "he did not have possession of the badge on his person at the time of the traffic collision incident, claiming it was located in the center console of his vehicle, concealed under an accumulation of items and during his absence from his vehicle, someone had moved his car and taken the badge."

We quote from page 3 of the Adjudication:
Martinez' actions speak for themselves. He possessed a badge he knew he wasn't authorized to have. Once the Department became aware of the fact, he quickly resigned and attempted to contrive a fabricated explanation to justify possessing the badge. He was uncooperative from the onset of this investigation, refused to be interviewed and obstructed the investigators from carrying out and fulfilling their duties in appropriately investigating this matter. Subsequent to being contacted by the PSB investigators, he wasted no time in shutting down the investigation, contacting his attorney and quickly tendering his resignation. He refused to be interviewed regarding this matter and allowed no one to question him regarding the sequence of events or circumstances of this incident. In his resignation letter, he offered an explanation that was not only highly unlikely but also implausible to a degree that defies belief and logic and requires the below listed series of highly unlikely events to simultaneously occur:
  • An unknown individual entered his vehicle without permission and removed it.
  • Somehow this unknown person, possessing omniscient knowledge, knew who Martinez was and where Martinez's badge was located, despite the fact that it was concealed under a mountain of items.
  • Rather than stealing and keeping the badge, this person decided to place the badge inside the wallet of its rightful owner, an owner he did not know and had never met, nor had knowledge of where he was located at the time.
  • Somehow this person knew Martinez' wallet was located in another vehicle that did not belong to Martinez and miraculously managed to locate Martinez's wallet and affix the badge inside a customized law enforcement by-fold wallet that only the badge would fit.
Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that Martinez would purchase a customized, law enforcement by-fold wallet, designed to carry only a [sic] official police identification card and a badge, for the purpose of carrying only his identification card when a conventional wallet would have sufficed for this purpose. it is also highly unlikely that Martinez would negligently place a badge he was not authorized to carry and leave it in a police vehicle unsecured for extended periods of time, and claim he forgot about the item, an item of such paramount importance and significance.
&c. The Adjudication is signed by LAPD commanding officer James H. Cansler, now Assistant Commanding Officer of the Valley Bureau. The Adjudication is dated 9/27/05.

Note: Martinez may have been unwilling to cooperate with investigators, but he was quick to respond to the LA Weekly when they had questions in December 2010, before they saw the Adjudication. Martinez's version to the LA Weekly blames an unknown freeway bystander who moved his car on placing the badge in the towed vehicle: "When the California Highway Patrol arrived, he says, they realized his own car was parked in a bad spot and had another bystander move it for him. That must have been who took the badge and ID, he said. 'My car was in the middle of the freeway," Martinez said. "The CHP had a gentleman move my car. That stuff was in my glove box. I didn't think much about it. I didn't even know it was gone."