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The Los Angeles County District Attorney announced the arraignment of Alejandro Castillo, on charges that he lied about a motorist allegedly driving under the influence during an incident two years ago. Castillo was charged in case BA497114 with one felony count each of filing a false report and perjury. He is expected to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Los Angeles: Police Officer Alejandro Castillo assigned to LAPD West Traffic Division, was arrested today in Los Angeles on a felony arrest warrant for Filing a False Police Report and Perjury.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division conducted an investigation that stemmed from concerns identified by the City Attorney’s Office while reviewing the officer’s Body-Worn Videos (BWV) for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in October of 2019.
Investigators working in partnership with the Justice System Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office established probable cause to believe that the officer’s BWV footage was inconsistent with the written report.
As a result, the DUI charge was not filed against the arrestee.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated, “The allegations of an officer falsifying a police report are extremely troubling and there must be accountability. This Department is fully cooperating with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in this matter.”
Castillo was booked in Metropolitan Detention Center and released on his Own Recognizance. Castillo is a 13-year veteran of the Department and resides in Los Angeles, California.
He has been relieved of his police powers.