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LA Rookie Resigns Amid Probe He Sought Info for Convict

Associated Press

November 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES—A rookie Los Angeles police officer resigned after allegations arose that he accessed a law enforcement database on behalf of a murder convict and reputed gang member whose sister was his longtime girlfriend, a published report said Sunday.

Officer Gabriel Morales, 25, resigned on Sept. 2, the same day that investigators from Internal Affairs searched his house and found computer printouts with information on two witnesses in the murder trial of Matthew Turner, according to court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Turner, 18, had been convicted in August of killing a man in a drive-by shooting in Highland Park, and records said that two days later investigators listening in on a phone call heard his father Wayne Turner say Morales was going to seek information on the witnesses.

“I have Gabriel running their names,” Wayne Turner said, according to a transcript of the Aug. 8 call. “He supposed to bring me their names today, where their locations at, so we can get a hold of them.”

The same day, according to the documents, Morales accessed the police database, which includes people’s personal information including home addresses.

Internal Affairs began listening to Matthew Turner’s phone calls after homicide detectives listening to his earlier calls had heard family members refer to Morales, prompting the investigation.

Wayne Turner told the Times he received no such information from Morales, whom he referred to as his son-in-law. He offered no further details.

Morales declined comment when reached by the Times, and attorneys representing both him and Matthew Turner did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Morales had dated Matthew Turner’s sister for several years and faced a situation police officials say can be common for officers forced to choose between the demands of their job and their loved ones.

“Every officer has the choice between making good decisions and bad decisions. They have to ask themselves, ‘Am I going to let something a family member has done jeopardize everything I’ve worked for or am I going to do what’s right?’” said Capt. Steven Zipperman, the commanding officer of Morales’s division.

Investigators will submit evidence to the district attorney for possible charges when the probe is completed.


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    freematthewturner

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    this is sad how people believe everything the media puts out. he was actually a good officer and was uncovering some information about the mans innocence. the bad cops, however , didnt wanna hear it. so what happens when a conspiracy occurs? they try to silence the truth . this is coming from someone that knows the whole story..and f.y.i…this isnt the first time the LAPD has convicted an innocent man….same story…different people….look what happened to the cop that tried to help an innocent man….
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/16/48hours/main6965418.shtml

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    bujniboo

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    i wonder what happens to the case now the guy who is being convicted will they still hear his case? or what will happen to the father of the convict who asked the crooked officer for the information he was the one after all trying to contact the witnesses what a sad case

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Wow, Glad he is out

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    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    what a waste

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50280 Comments

    Bump Robocop

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4574 Comments

    This POS was hired by the LAPD prior to his academy training...... How that happened, I have no idea. But it did. He obviously could not separate his personal life from work and compromised the public trust. That being said, what the article did not say is that the computer printouts of these witnesses were found at his residence and that the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the L.A. County District Attorney's office who will ultimately decide if criminal charges will be filed. The translation or otherwise reading between those lines, the indication is that criminal charges are pending. As ssu459 said, I sure hope his girlfriend was worth it to him losing his career (short lived) and the possibility of losing his freedom(s). Certainly, he knew the risks and potential consequences of his actions. Time for DA Steve Cooley to make the right move on this one and file the appropriate charges.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23284 Comments

    Low life scumbag. I hope the witnesses are well protected.

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    LAPD has this type of pos within them, this is a great reason why I dont publish all my info on any site, including this one and that when people ask to become friends, I ask them to tell me about themselves so that I can make a decision from the info they give me. The bad guys are closer than we think, this proves it. Be safe.

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    Thank You Robocop I couldn't have said it better myself

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14614 Comments

    This waste of human tissue was never a Police Officer in the real sense of the word. He was basically nothing but an undercover agent for a LA gang. He NEVER should have been allowed to go through the Academy, much less actually pin on the badge. At least they got rid of him quickly but still, a huge embarrassment for the LAPD, especially their hiring practices.
    Listen, in today's economy we can afford to raise the standards and only hire the best and the brightest and the most honest. To hell with PC and all this BS about having quotas for minorities. Everyone should stand on their own for this honorable and dangerous profession.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Better now then later!!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Another idiot.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42138 Comments

    I'm back to bump ssu459!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I hope this girlfriend was worth it.What a tragic and ignorant way to throw away a fine career.

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    Allen705

    over 3 years ago

    1466 Comments

    Looks like someone's background wasn't checked that closely, having ties to felons didn't come out until it was too late. Those witnesses better be protected or else, they will go after them. LA is crazy. This so called cop was probably a plant the gangs put in place to get info like this.

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