FBI Investigates Gun Deals by LAPD SWAT, Special Investigations Units


The FBI is investigating whether members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT and Special Investigations Section units violated the law by purchasing large numbers of custom-made handguns and reselling them for profit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

An earlier LAPD investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of officers. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck acknowledged that that probe was “clearly lacking” and said the department has opened a second investigation of the weapons transactions. Suspicion over the guns arose in 2010, when a lieutenant attempted to inventory the division’s weapons, according to a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by the lieutenant and a report by the LAPD’s inspector general.

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