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Martinez Investigated for Possessing Badge of Dead Officer in 2004




This is a very sad story. It is with profound regret that we bring it to you.

Here is the lede of an article by forensic journalist David Zahniser, in Saturday's LA Times:
The Eagle Rock businessman seeking to unseat Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar abruptly quit his post as a reserve police officer five years ago after investigators found he had a police badge — one issued to an officer who died in the line of duty.

Rudy Martinez, then serving as a volunteer at the Los Angeles Police Department, "refused to cooperate" with investigators and quickly resigned after he was asked about the badge, which was found by the employee of a towing company in 2004, according to a police report.
&c. "[Martinez campaign manager Eric] Hacopian also said Martinez was unaware that the badge had originally been issued to an officer who was shot to death."

"Why would he be carrying it around in an official LAPD billfold if he wasn't flashing it at people?" Huizar campaign manager Parke Skelton asked.

Just this morning, the Times endorsed slain-cop-badge-toter Martinez.