A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has been accused of suppressing video evidence that prosecutors say showed her assaulting a man during an arrest two years ago.
Nicole Bell faces felony charges, including withholding evidence as a peace officer and assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday.
Bell is accused of assaulting the man while he was sitting in the back of a patrol vehicle in the town of Lancaster on July 30, 2019, prosecutors said.
A member of the man’s family recorded part of the incident on a cell phone and prosecutors allege that Bell deleted the video from the phone, according to the prosecutor’s office statement.
“Tampering or destroying evidence tarnishes law enforcement and creates distrust among the public,” District Attorney George Gascón said in the statement.
It was unclear on Wednesday whether the 27-year-old Bell had an attorney who could speak on his behalf and the Los Angeles Assistant Sheriffs Association, the union of deputies, did not immediately respond to an email asking for advice. comments.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.