Three LAPD Officers Charged With Conspiracy, Falsifying Information

Three LAPD Officers Charged With Conspiracy, Falsifying Information

July 14, 2020

 

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that three Los Angeles Police
Department officers have been charged in a 59-count complaint for allegedly falsifying records that
claimed people they had stopped were gang members or associates.


Case BA488467 was filed for warrant late yesterday against Braxton Shaw (dob 3/15/83), Michael
Coblentz (dob 7/18/77) and Nicolas Martinez (dob 8/1/83) for one count each of conspiracy to obstruct
justice and multiple counts of filing a false police report and preparing false documentary evidence.
Arraignment will be scheduled for a later date.


The three defendants, who were assigned at the time to LAPD’s Metro Division, are accused of
falsifying field interview cards used by officers to conduct interviews while they are on duty.
The cards contained false information and misidentified dozens of people as gang members. Some of
the false information contained in the cards was used to wrongfully enter individuals into a state gang
database, prosecutors said.


In some instances, the defendants are accused of writing on the card that a person admitted to being a
gang member even though body-worn camera video showed that the defendants never asked the
individual about their gang membership, prosecutors said.


In other instances, the defendants allegedly wrote on the card that a person admitted to being a gang
member despite the fact that the person interviewed denied a gang affiliation.


Shaw is accused of falsifying 43 field interview cards. Coblentz is accused of falsifying seven field
interview cards and Martinez is accused of falsifying two cards.


If convicted as charged, Shaw faces up to 31 years and eight months in county jail, while Coblentz faces
up to seven years and eight months in jail and Martinez faces up to four years and four months in jail.

 

In response to this ongoing investigation, District Attorney Lacey has directed her prosecutors to
corroborate any information derived from field interview cards with other available evidence, including
video from body-worn cameras, in an effort to ensure the accuracy of the information.


Attorneys from the Justice System Integrity Division are prosecuting the case.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.


About the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her
staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our
community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims' rights.

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