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Chief Diaz evaluating outside agency investigation into October 18 incident

Chief John Diaz has directed the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) to expedite the gathering of preliminary evidence and information into the videotaped arrest of a 17 year old robbery and assault suspect on October 18th.  The purpose of this expedited review is to determine if the internal investigation into this incident should be referred to an outside law enforcement agency.

Other critical questions Chief Diaz intends to address include whether the incident is required to be investigated as a potential crime, and whether Department personnel complied with policy requirements to promptly report possible misconduct to OPA.  Chief Diaz intends to consider this information as a top priority and with appropriate care and thoroughness, and expects to make these decisions in the next few days.