Family speaking through their attorney claims LAPD officer who died in training ‘was targeted’ and deliberately harmed
Officer Houston Tipping, 32, died from injuries sustained ‘after falling while performing a grappling exercise during training at a dept facility on May 26 LAPD says it was a horrible accidentt
Attorney hired by Tipping’s family allege he was investigating gang rape against four LAPD officers and was about to blow the whistle on the cops he was investigating
Attorney Brad Gage claims that at least one of those targetd in the rape investigation case was present when he was injured
Houston Tipping, 32, suffered a fatal spinal cord injury during training exercise
His mother Shirley Huffman in her lawsuit, alleges Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during the training activity
Coroner ruled it was an accident but his mother believes he was killed
Her attorney Brad Gage questions LAPD claims that there was no security footage for the day
Gage has accused LAPD of a cover-up, by claiming there was no incident report at all
He has the tape that contradicts the department’s statements that Tipping was not investigating an alleged gang rape involving cops
Gage said he has found a report of the alleged rape which he has chosen not to share
Los Angeles police officer Houston Tipping who died during police training in May was targeted because he was investigating fellow cops for an alleged gang rape, his lawyer has claimed.
Tipping, 32, suffered a fatal spinal cord injury after he fell down while holding another officer in a ‘bear hug’ grappling exercise on May 26, at the Police Academy in what a coroner ruled was an accident.
Speaking through her attorney, Brad Gage, the deceased cop’s mother Shirley Huffman, has made the bombshell claims that her son was a whistleblower in an assault case that involved four other officers 10 months before his death.
Tipping wrote a report on the alleged assault and one of the cops said to be involved was present when he died, Gage said.
The LAPD said at the time that Tipping, a five year veteran of the department who also served as a bike instructor in the City of Angels, was injured while ‘grappling’ with another officer and referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident.’
But in her lawsuit, Huffman alleges Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during the training activity.
An autopsy found Tipping suffered broken ribs that suggested the use of a LUCAS device, an automatic CPR machine, suggesting there were attempts to revive him.
For Gage, ‘The problem with that is other medical reports show the LUCAS device was never used.’
The attorney has also raised questions as to why no security footage was available. The ‘LAPD claims there was no video taken of the training this day. We don’t believe that’s accurate,’ he insisted.
Gage says he has found a report of the alleged rape which he has chosen not to share, and claims there has been a cover-up at the LAPD, who claims there was no incident report at all.
Gage said in a press conference yesterday: ‘In July 2021, four police officers were involved in the sexual assault of a woman in the Los Angeles area.
‘A report was taken by Officer Tipping and I have seen that report, that reported the case that there was a sexual attack and it indicates that an object was placed into the sexual organ of the female victim.
‘The female victim claims that she was raped by four different people, all LAPD officers.
‘She knew the names of some of those officers because they were in uniform and they had their name tags on.
‘The name of one of those officers, the name tag seems to correlate with one of the officers that was at the training.’
He added: ‘I think the officers were very brazen and thought they were above the law but no one is above the law.’
‘I’m sure these actions are being covered up. The thought of a code of silence or a cover-up by a police department should not be shocking or surprising to anyone,’ Gage said.
LAPD officials claim Tipping fell to the ground during the training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26.
LAPD officials claim officers immediately began CPR after the fall, contacted Los Angeles Fire Department crews and Tipping was transported to the USC Medical Center where he died from his injuries three days later.
During his funeral LAPD Chief Michel Moore knelt before Tipping’s parents and presented them with an American flag. The chief called Tipping impressive to his peers and said he had a ‘willingness to go the extra mile to make the world a better place.’
Tipping who was single is survived by his parents, Richard Tipping and Shirley Huffman, his stepfather Bob Huffman, his siblings Kathrine and Tyler as well as his girlfriend, Britney.