Authorities say the death of a Los Angeles officer was a “tragic accident”. His family claims he was fatally beaten.

Authorities released a report on Tuesday detailing the death of a Los Angeles police officer officer during a training exercise as a “tragic accident”, a day after his family said in a wrongful death complaint that he was fatally beaten for discovering “allegations that LAPD officers were would be raped”.

The internal investigation, led by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department, found there was ‘no action’ authorities could have taken before Officer Houston Tipping was injured on May 26 which would have prevented his death, according to the 13-page report.

Tipping, 32, who taught bike patrol skills, had worked for the department for five years when he died of a spinal cord injury three days after the incident, according to a June autopsy by the doctor Los Angeles County Coroner.

The investigation found no recorded video of Tipping’s exercise or fatal injury, the report said.

The drill that led to Tipping’s death included officers role-playing during a “disturbing the peace” scenario at the department’s Elysian Park Academy, according to the report. Tipping, a volunteer assistant instructor, played a suspect — his first time in the storyline, according to the report.

Los Angeles Police Officer Houston Tipping with his mother.Bradley Gage Family Lawyer

The injury occurred when he approached an officer identified only as “Officer M.” and lifted him off the ground, a move investigators determined was an attempted “double leg,” according to the report.

The officer wrapped his arm around Tipping’s chest and throat – putting him in a headlock – before the pair fell to the ground, the report said. When another officer approached the couple, Tipping said the words “I can’t breathe,” but there was no sound, according to the report.

Officers administered CPR and paramedics inserted a ventilation tube, the report said. Before Tipping died in a local hospital, he was paralyzed, according to a wrongful death lawsuit Tipping’s mother filed against the city this year.

The claim, which also alleges assault and battery, details other injuries, including multiple head injuries. A necessary stapling, according to claim.

A lawyer for Tipping’s mother showed images of the injuries of a scanner to journalists in July.

The claim, which alleges Tipping’s injuries were from a beating, said comments by Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore that Tipping did not suffer head injuries during the incident were “wrong”.

To June police commission hearingMoore said Tipping was unbeaten during practice and “did not suffer any type of head laceration, cut or other to the head as a result of his fall to the ground.”

A police department spokesperson declined to comment. The report released on Monday said Tipping suffered a head laceration during spinal surgery.

An amended request Tipping’s mother filed Monday added a charge of ‘whistleblower retaliation’, alleging Tipping was beaten over a report he wrote in July 2021 about officers accused of raping a woman.

Tipping found the allegations “so distressing” that he began applying to other police departments for work, according to the complaint.

One of the officers allegedly involved in the sexual assault was present at the training session and aware of Tipping’s report, according to the complaint. The modification the claim alleges the officer used him as cover to kill Tipping.

The claim does not identify the officer it claims knew about the report or say how the officer became aware of it. It also does not identify any of the officers charged with the assault. The document also says the department did not release the report via a public records request, but “an investigative report exists, despite LAPD denials.”

“This investigation was reported to the chain of command who attempted to hide and conceal evidence,” the document said, without providing additional details to support the allegation.

The police spokesman declined to comment.

Lizabeth Rhodes, director of the department’s Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, which led the investigation into Tipping’s death, told the police commission on Tuesday that she has broad investigative power and found no evidence of misconduct, NBC Los Angeles reported.

“I realize that there are, there are, a number of allegations, for which we haven’t seen any evidence there,” she told the commission, according to the station.

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